Derek Chauvin is in a restricted housing unit separate from the general population at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Oak Park Heights, according to Minnesota Department of Corrections spokesperson Sarah Fitzgerald.
“He is on ‘administrative segregation’ status for his safety, and is in the Administrative Control Unit (ACU) at Oak Park Heights. The ACU is the state’s most secure unit,” Fitzgerald told CNN in an email. “Administrative segregation is used when someone’s presence in the general population is a safety concern.”
Chauvin is expected to be sentenced in eight weeks, and faces up to 40 years in prison for second-degree murder, up to 25 years for third-degree murder and up to 10 years for manslaughter.
The ex-Minneapolis police officer was transferred to Oak Park Heights through an agreement between the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office and the Minnesota Department of Corrections, CNN previously reported.
The correctional facility is in Stillwater, about 25 miles east of downtown Minneapolis.