Inside Aaron Hernandez's New, More Restrictive Jail Cell

By Kathryn Sotnik and NECN
|  Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014  |  Updated 11:16 PM EDT
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Jailed former NFL star Aaron Hernandez has been moved to a more restrictive part of the Connecticut jail where he's awaiting trial on murder charges, one day after his altercation with another inmate, authorities told NECN.

In an exclusive jail-house tour, NECN viewed the area of the Bristol County House of Correction where the former New England Patriot is now locked in a cell behind a heavy black door, marked with "EE," in a special management area.

He must stay there for 30 days, according to the Sheriff's Department.

Earlier Wednesday, Sheriff Thomas Hodgson addressed the scuffle that sent Hernandez there.

"We're investigating it now to find out why two inmates would have been out at the same time in that unit," said Hodgson.

A source close to the investigation tells NECN that Hernandez was not in handcuffs at the time of the incident, but the other inmate was. It allegedly happened in an area right outside his former cell.

A source also tells NECN Hernandez and the other inmate had been taunting each other in the days leading up to the altercation.

Sheriff Hodgson says he wasn't sure of that information at this point, but that a full investigation is underway.

"I'm not happy that there may have been a breakdown in our system and our protocols," he said.

At least for the next 30 days, Hernandez will have to stay in the more restrictive unit.

His cell looks similar to the one he was in prior to the altercation. It's a small barren room, with bars on the windows, a double bunk bed, stainless steel toilet and a small sitting area. However, Hernandez can no longer eat meals by himself in the cafeteria; instead, he must take meals in his cell.

Prior to this altercation, jail officials say Hernandez was able to go outside for recreation time uncuffed.

Now, he has to be in cuffs, complete with a waist chain and leg irons every time he leaves his cell.

Some other conditions remain the same: Hernandez must spend 23 hours a day in this cell, except for three showers a week, and one hour of recreation a day. He can also take phone calls at times and have lawyer visits.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to the murder of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd.

He's in jail awaiting trial.

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