Detectives Say Lil Wayne Will be Treated Differently in Prison
Tomorrow, (Feb. 9) is the big day that Lil Wayne finally heads off to prison, and although the Young Money all-star doesn't sound too choked up about it externally, the rest of us are at least a little curious about what a prison stretch looks like for a high profile rapper. In this month's issue of Rolling Stone, the New Orleans native explained that he wasn't interested in wasting much time talking about the upcoming bid, instead he just wanted to get it started and get it over with. "This is Lil Wayne going to jail. Nobody I can talk to can tell me what that's like," he said. "I just say I'm looking forward to it."
For the rest of us, however, retired NYPD detective Derrick Parker has tried to paint a picture of Weezy's upcoming life behind bars. Parker told MTV News that while officials would try to maintain some semblance of normalcy in the intended Rikers Island facility, Wayne would be treated differently from the average prisoner."Lil Wayne is gonna be OK," Parker told MTV News. "While he's in jail, it's a matter of fact they may not put him with the general population because of who he is and his popularity. They might lock him down and let him come out with a supervisor and stuff like that [when he's] in the main area - but he's definitely going to be treated differently."
Parker explained that the conditions of Wayne's residence will be determined by safety considerations for the rapper. But he also went on to add that unlike NFL player Plaxico Burress, who hired a jail coach to help him acclimate to the system, Weezy would likely be fine on his own. "Wayne is from the streets, from the Magnolia Houses in New Orleans, so I'm sure those guys have been in jail or locked up at some point," Parker said. "So being in prison is no big deal to them. Plaxico isn't built for that -- he's the type of guy that's never been locked up like that before. He's gonna need a coach or someone to tell him what to expect, since he's not used to that."
And although Wayne might be treated "differently," Parker emphasized that he would certainly not be living a life of luxury. A few comforts like network TV and DVD movies will be allowed, but Weezy's plan to hang on to his iPod -- as he mentioned in RS -- will be vetoed. Lil Wayne was convicted on gun possession charges stemming from a 2007 arrest. He is scheduled to serve a maximum of 12 months in prison, but will be considered for early release after serving 80 percent of his sentence.