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January 19, 2014

Sheriff: Aaron Hernandez separated for his own safety

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“Of course, we recognize that everyone’s innocent until proven guilty,” Hodgson said. “But also a judge doesn’t feel like you’re able to be in the community on bail. I don’t make those decisions to send people to our institution, but when they get there, I have a responsibility to make sure they’re safe, they’re fed.”

Unlike those who have lost their privileges, Hernandez is allowed access to the prison commissary, Hodgson said. But it wouldn’t be safe to have a TV in the unit.

“He does get some privileges that the others don’t because he is a pretrial detainee,” Hodgson said. “There are times when he’s asked for a TV. But we can’t have a television in the unit he’s housed in. That would be looked upon by the other individuals in the unit as a special privilege and create animosity.”

Hodgson said the decision to separate Hernandez from the general population is reassessed periodically,

“He knows that I’m looking out for his welfare,” the sheriff said. “It’s not the ideal situation. It’s jail.

“It’s a delicate situation.”

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