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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Bencivengo reports to prison for sentence on federal corruption charges

HAMILTON — Former mayor John Bencivengo will report for his 38-month sentence in federal prison Thursday, after a month-long delay from the federal Bureau of Prisons.
Bencivengo, who was convicted of five felony corruption counts last November, will be staying at the minimum security prison camp in Leavenworth, Kan. The former mayor learned of his assigned facility two weeks ago, and will begin his sentence a full month after it was scheduled on April 29.
Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke said the low security facilities in the prison system can differ significantly from the perception of federal prisons. He said the inmates there have greater access to libraries and exercise equipment, as well as more free time in the facility itself.
“There are generally open-bay type housing rather than locking cell doors,” he said. “There is generally no perimeter fencing, or if there is, it is mostly to delineate where inmates are not allowed.”
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