If Michael Jackson is convicted of child molestation or related charges, he would probably be sent to California’s most secure prison, designed to protect famous convicts from attack by other inmates, reports the Los Angeles Times. It is at Corcoran State Prison, set in the middle of America’s richest cotton fields, 50 miles south of Fresno.
Its Protective Housing Unit is considered the safest place for a California inmate; it is the home for mass murderers like Charles Manson and Juan Corona and any inmate whose notoriety would make him a trophy for other inmates. The special housing unit is a prison within a prison, where some of the nation’s most infamous criminals and gang turncoats rub elbows, play board games, and devise elaborate legal strategies they hope can set them free. Former guards and inmates assigned to the unit now housing 20 prisoners agree it is safe, but they say it requires a high degree of wariness and guile to survive.