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Report: Nevada taxpayers tagged with $200K to house O.J. in prison

O.J. Simpson is just about to be released from a Nevada prison, where he's spent the past nine years of his life. And Nevada taxpayers have to pick up the tab.

Simpson, now 70, was convicted in 2008 for kidnapping and armed robbery in a Las Vegas hotel room. He served the minimum nine years of a 33 year sentence at the Locelock Correctional Center since December 8, 2008. Taxpayers have been picking up the tab.

The Nevada Department of Corrections said it costs $58.31 a day to house an average inmate. For Simpson's nine years behind bars, taxpayers paid nearly $200,000.

"When it comes to his housing and the expense, it's been pretty minor. There's nothing outlandish or unique about what he's cost the taxpayers," said Brooke Keast, the Nevada Department of Corrections spokeswoman.

There was extra security at Simpson's parole board hearing in July that cost $22,000.

Had Simpson stayed in prison for his full 33-year sentence, he would have cost taxpayers at least three-quarters of $1 million.

Simpson is currently sitting in a cell that is 7.6 feet wide by 12.6 feet long. It's 6 inches bigger than the other inmates' cells -- it happens to be closer to the corrections officers who can keep an eye on this high-profile inmate. But other than a bigger cell, the state said Simpson has been treated the same as any other inmate.

"There's nothing special in our eyes; O.J. is an inmate and he's going to be released," said Keast.

The state plans to transport Simpson to one of 18 facilities for his release date, which is on or after October 1. But Nevada won't be on the hook for taking him to his final destination.

"We take him to either the parole and probation office or to our prison closest to his best logistical exit, and it's up to him to get a ticket to wherever he's going to go," said Keast.

 


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