Nearly one week to the day it was revealed that Josh Duggar had been put into solitary confinement and his release date was pushed nearly two months, new information is coming to light.
As it turns out, Josh Duggar had been held in the SHU, which is known as the “Special Housing Unit” of the Federal Correction Institute in Seagoville, for nearly two months before that information was made known to the public. SHU is known to be solitary confinement.
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The former reality star, who is serving more than 12 years in prison after he was convicted of receiving and possessing child pornography, was reported put into solitary confinement after he was found with a cell phone. His release date was also pushed from August 22, 2032, to October 2, 2032, The U.S. Sun reports.
Now, according to The U.S. Sun, Duggar has been released from solitary this week. The news was originally shared by the Ashley Reality Roundup, which reportedly spoke with a former prisoner at Seagoville, who revealed, “cellphones are hot commodities in [prison].”
“Certain inmates get them and then basically rent them out to the other guys. If they’re caught, and the phone gets taken away, the guy who rented it is responsible for paying the owner for it,” the former prisoner continued.
“That would usually be around $1,800-$2,000,” the former prisoner claimed. “So it’s possible that Josh would need to figure out how to pay it back.” The former inmate continued to reveal that the conditions of SHU are less than stellar as well. “I can tell you that the SHU there is so bad that the regional office was just down there to see what was going on.”
And although Josh was released from solitary confinement due to overcrowding, he still has not retained all of his privileges back. The U.S. Sun further reports that Josh is still not allowed to have visitors, including his wife, for another 180 days, and he will not have access to a phone.
Josh Duggar will be in prison longer than he expected. According to a report from The U.S. Sun, Duggar’s release date has been pushed back.
As Mamas Uncut previously reported, Duggar was originally scheduled to be released from prison on August 22, 2023. Now, the date has been pushed to October 2, 2023.
The U.S. Sun also reports that Duggar is still being held in the SHU, which is known as the “Special Housing Unit” of the Federal Correction Institute in Seagoville. It’s reportedly known as solitary confinement.
As Mamas Uncut previously reported, after being found guilty of possessing and downloading child pornography, Josh Duggar received a more than 12-year sentence for his crimes.
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And while his wife Anna has yet to share any real statement about her husband’s crimes, his sister Jill wrote a lengthy statement following his sentencing. Jill wasn’t in the courtroom at the time the sentence was read.
“Yesterday, we learned that Josh was given a 151-month sentence in federal prison for his crime of CSAM,” the statement began.
“The last several weeks and months have been difficult emotionally. Yesterday was another one of those hard days. We are neither rejoicing nor disappointed by the sentence, but we are thankful it’s finally over. The Bible clearly states that God effects justice and vengeance through the governing authorities. Though some believe Josh should have received a greater sentence and still fewer believe he should have received a lighter sentence, God has carried out his vengeance today for his unspeakable criminal activity.”
As it has been reported, while Josh wasn’t on trial for his actions as a teenager, Jill was allegedly one of the sisters Josh molested when he was younger. Jill seemingly alluded to his past and present behaviors as the statement continued.
“Until now, he has yet to be held accountable to the extent necessary to cause change in his dangerous pattern of behavior,” the statement read. “It is unfortunate, but it seems that it may take spending over a decade in federal prison, and still more on probation, for Josh to have any potential for rehabilitation to the point he can safely live in society again.”
It was originally learned that the judge presiding over the hearings, Judge Timothy L. Brooks believed Josh should attend sex offender treatment, and Seagoville, Texas, is known for its in-prison program. And as Jill and Derek shared in their statement, they hope Josh will choose therapy.
“Hopefully, Josh can actually begin to get treatment and begin to work toward a lifestyle where he is less likely to re-offend. If for nothing else, the notoriety of this case has hopefully contributed to the deterrence of potential offenders and will help protect children by decreasing the demand for CSAM. We continue to love Josh and his family and will be there for them however we can.”
Josh still remains in the appeal process. It’s unclear when that chapter will unfold.
Sara Vallone has been a writer and editor for the last four and a half years. A graduate of Ohio University, she enjoys celebrity news, sports, and articles that enhance people’s lives.
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