BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) - Thursday morning, Dr. James Corasanti was sentenced to 1 year at Erie County Correctional Facility in Alden.
The Alden facility can hold up to 794 inmates and there are about 740 there presently. Corasanti won't be held in a typical "cell" with bars but instead will live in a small "pod" or dorm-like room due to him being considered low-risk. All inmates wear the familiar orange pants and shirts.
"In all likelihood he's going to be considered not to be a security risk to the facility. So it would most likely be a podular or dormitory-type situation," says Acting Superintendent Thomas Diina of the Erie County Sheriff's Office.
None of the inmates, including Dr. Corasanti, have roommates. Most of the prisoners' time are spent in a common area and not in their rooms. They have access to a library and exercise equipment. Visitors are allowed any day except Thursday and Friday.
PHOTOS | Inside the courtroom as the sentence was delivered
Corasanti will be eligible to work at the facility, such as maintenance or in the library, but cannot perform any medical-related jobs.
"He is an inmate in the custody of the sheriff. So basically his rights and privileges from the outside do not translate to his incarceration," Diina says.
While he will be the most "well known" inmate at the Alden facility, no security issues are anticipated and no special security precautions are being taken at this time.
"Honestly, there's no expectation of any safety issues with Dr. Corasanti while he's here," Diina says.
If there are no behavior incidents involving Dr. Corasanti, he will be released after 8 months, 2/3 of his full sentence. That is standard practice for good behavior. We asked Alix Rice's parents what they hope Corasanti does then.
"I really don't care what he does. I can't imagine being him. I don't believe there is anywhere he can ever go where someone's not going to point at him like I did today and say there he is. There's that guy who killed that girl and ran away," Richard Rice says.
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