Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, pled guilty in 2020 to murdering George Floyd by digging his knee into the back of the Black man’s neck despite knowing Floyd had lost awareness and pulse. Chauvin, 45, had one request in exchange for his plea: that he be permitted to spend his term in federal prison, even if it meant a lengthier sentence.12 20 13 Derek Chauvin Trial Derek Chauvin - Wants Federal Prison, Why That'S A Bad Idea

Chauvin must serve a minimum of 20 years in prison and a maximum of 25 years under the terms of the bargain he signed in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Wednesday.

While Chauvin was sentenced to 22 and a half years in state prison by Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill, according to the federal deal, he might have been released in less than 15 years if he had accrued all good-time credit.

“The Floyd family understands Derek Chauvin may serve more time in federal prison than he would in state prison because federal guidelines indicate a greater percentage of a sentence is required to be served than at the state level. It is important to the family that he serves as much of his sentence as possible,” the Floyd family’s attorneys, Ben Crump, Antonio Romanucci, and Jeff Storms, said in a statement to ABC News.

Chauvin, a jury convicted in state court of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter, is to be sentenced in the federal case later.

During his state sentencing hearing in June, Chauvin seemed to refer to his choice to plead guilty in the federal case. He remarked, turning to members of the Floyd family who were sitting in the courtroom,

“There’s going to be some other information in the future that would be of interest and I hope some things will give you some peace of mind.”

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State prisons send inmates they cannot control to federal prison. Still, sound safer?

The difference between federal and state prisons is pretty big. People who have never been there and watched Goodfellas too often will tell you that federal prison is better. As someone who has been to both, I would say that federal prison is way worse if I had to choose. That said, how prison is mainly is determined by WHO is there at that time. A minimum-security prison can be a hell hole if it’s filled with the wrong people, and max can be pretty calm if things are not “popping off”. State prisons typically, but not always, have more violent (less intelligent) offenders. You see many gangbangers here, while in feds, you typically see “money men” or men whose primary motivation was making money.

People, for example, ran drug conspiracies (like myself), as opposed to the guys who went to collect money for that guy. You would see the former in federal prison and the latter sometimes in state prison.

Former federal prosecutor Neama Rahmani told ABC News that: “The general reason is federal prison just tends to be safer and nicer than state prison and local jails…They’re just managed better by the Bureau of Prisons, where state and local jails just are not.”

This is total nonsense. Of course, Ms. Rahmani has never actually lived in either, so her advice on the subject is like taking financial advice on your investments from a mechanic.

Or asking a law student to perform brain surgery. It makes no sense because they know nothing about it. Sending people there for a living does not make you an expert on what it’s like there. Rahmani, president and co-founder of Los Angeles-based West Coast Trial Lawyers, added, “There is overcrowding issues in state prisons and local jails that you just don’t have in federal prison.” Which again is wrong. The feds know how to cover it up better. They are masters at fighting with paperwork. This whole time, Derek Chauvin has been held in isolation, aka the SHU, aka solitary confinement. His being scared to “walk the yard” or go into the general population would be just as serious or worse in federal prison. First off, his crime was against a different race could be overlooked. The fact that he was a police officer would most likely, not be. Therefore, he would be in the same place. Just worse food, more rules, more bureaucracy, and fewer privileges.

With safety being his primary concern, his move to federal prison would only get him more time.

Unlike state prison, there is NO parole in federal prison. People like to say that there are fewer people in the feds, this is true, but they are also more intelligent. With more intelligence comes more danger. The smarter someone is, the more dangerous they are because they are more capable. The fact that Chauvin was law enforcement and had no clue about this only shows that this is a trend in thinking among law enforcement. The fact of the matter is it looks like there is less violence in the feds because they can shuffle people around. When someone gets killed in federal prison, they do not declare that person died there. They shuttle them out in a van, ambulance, or helicopter and pronounce them dead outside the facility. There is a saying in the feds that “no one dies in federal prison”. While not always true, the BOP is masters at disguising this. They are more intelligent and bureaucratic than their state counterparts.

Rahmani admitted that he would still be kept in isolation in federal prison. This goes against the argument that was made earlier that he would be “safer” there than in state prison.

Prison is NOT a safe place, be it the feds or the state. The difference is that we know who you are in feds, why you’re there, and where you were beforehand, typically before you even hit the yard.

Justin Paperny, who spent a few months in a minimum-security federal prison and now consults high-end clients (and charges a ridiculous amount of money for it), said:

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“Generally speaking, the federal government is going to have a lot more resources than a lot of states who are cash strapped and broke,” Paperny said. “Given the length of his [Chauvin’s] sentence, and no possibility of release any time soon, it makes more sense to be in a federal prison with more security and better access to resources and programming, everything from better food to better housing, to better bunks.”

Of course, Paperny has never been in state prison or any security level above minimum with fraud and white collar criminals. So, what does he know about it?

His statement regarding “better access to resources and programming” is absurd if one looks at the “programming” the BOP offers. Even his business partner Michael Santos agrees, as he states in his book “Earning Freedom” that the only thing the BOP offers are useless classes such as “English as a second language” and “GED classes”. Mr. Santos would know, as he spent over 2 decades behind bars and saw EVERY security level the BOP offers, unlike Paperny. Furthermore, Paperny states that the BOP has “better food” I highly suggest he go to state prison, then a federal one. As someone who has been to both, I can say with confidence, any state facility I was had had far superior food to the feds. I feel that this issue exists with prison consultants that have not been to prison in over 10 years, things change, and they don’t know. They continue to advise as though they do. They certainly continue to cash those checks of those scared.