After speaking with Aaron Hernandez two days in a row, Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said Thursday the former New England Patriots player "seems in control, comfortable, not nervous and aware of the situation he's in."
But the sheriff added that, in his opinion, the tight end is having somewhat of a tough time adjusting to all of the strict rules, not to mention the lack of personal space.
"I think that's been a bit of a rude awakening for him," Hodgson said.
Thomas Hodgson gave NBC 10 an inside glimpse as to what some of the toughest adjustments have been for Hernandez.
"I spoke to him when I came back (to the jail) today and I think (he's affected by) things such as, ‘Hey can I get a drink when I need a drink?' No, you have water in your cell. When you get a meal, you get a drink other than water, but other than that, there's no ordering something like you would in a hospital or somewhere else when you can ask for something," Hodgson said.
A few days ago Aaron Hernandez ate, slept and chilled out at his mansion North Attleborough. Now he's at the Bristol County Jail and House of Correction in Dartmouth.
So, instead of sleeping in the master bedroom of his $1.3 million, 7,100-square-foot estate, Hernandez will have to adjust to a small cell, just like all of the other prisoners.
His space is a cramped, white-and-green colored space, with cement walls and two small bunk beds.
"This is typically the kind of cell that an inmate would be housed in when they come here. It's a 7-foot by 10-foot cell, pretty straight forward, two inmates in a cell, bunk setting. As you can see there's a very simple desk, chair, sink, toilet attachment, couple of hooks, and that's the extent of our typical cell here," Hodgson said.
And that means instead of snacking and dining at his leisure with all the comforts of home in a custom kitchen with marble countertops, Hodgson said Hernandez will take his meals in the jail's chow hall.
And instead of enjoying movies in a home theater, complete with a projector screen and overstuffed chairs, Hernandez may have to catch up on some reading. That's because there is no TV viewing, weights, workout gear, or indoor basketball offered or allowed at the jail.
"My philosophy is you're not here to be hanging out in the gymnasium. We've got baskets out in the yard, and we wanted to turn it (the indoor gym) into a religious retreat center. And I told the inmates, ‘Look, you're not going to get a job, or get a let up in life by improving your field goal percentage by two points. Come here, focus on the things that you need to focus on that are going to leave you with more tools in your tool box than when you came in here,'" Hodgson said.
And even though Hernandez's tool box includes the ability to catch laser sharp passes from Tom Brady, he'll have to focus on much lower profile tasks while he awaits trial in his new home, in the slammer.
"So that's a typical unit, life here in the big house," Hodgson said.
Hodgson said he does feel like the reality of what's going on is starting to "sink in" with the NFL player, but Hodgson was also quick to add that Hernandez didn't seem to exhibit any particular concern about the fact that a judge had just denied his second request for bail prior to their chat.
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