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Leavenworth Prison could be the new home for Bradley Manning, according to reports, after the former Army private received a 35 year sentence after for being found guilty of leaking over 700,000 classified documents to WikiLeaks.
The news that Manning may be heading to Leavenworth Prison came from his lawyer, who told reporters that his client may be headed to the facility.
Leavenworth Prison is known to be one of the most harsh prisons in the United States.
The prison facility, built in the 1870's, is located near the military barracks and on the grounds of Fort Leavenworth. The site currently has three separate prisons for male inmates: a civilian prison, the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks (USDB), which is a maximum security prison, and the Midwest Joint Correctional Facility (MJCF), a medium security prison.
The USDB is the U.S. military's only maximum-security facility and houses male service members convicted by court-martial for violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
Only prisoners with sentences over 10 years, commissioned officers, and prisoners convicted of offenses related to national security are confined to the USDB.
The MJCF is a military prison that opened in 2010. Manning would be held in the MJCF.
Other notable inmates at MJCF include Terrence Lee Lakin, who was convicted of not following orders to deploy to Afghanistan after he argued that the Commander-in-Chief Barack Obama was not legally the president because of issues surrounding where Obama was born.
Robert Bales, who is accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians in the Kandahar massacre on March 11, 2012, is also held there.
The prison previously held German prisoners of war during World War 2 and 14 POWS were hanged in 1945 for murdering other German prisoners. Mennonites who objected to military service during World War 1 were also held there.
Although Manning was handed a 35-year sentence, he will be credited the time that he already served, plus 112 days. He will also be eligible for parole in about nine years.
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