Gosnell in Solitary Confinement: Prisoners “Frown On Snipping Babies”

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 1, 2013   |   2:48PM   |   Philadelphia, PA

Kermit Gosnell has been in jail since his January 2011 arrest after authorities raided his abortion clinic.

The jury in the Gosnell murder trial is expected to deliver a verdict soon, and the abortion “doctor” is housed at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility.

He is currently in solitary confinement pending the verdict and his expected sentencing. That’s because, according to one local reporter in Philadelphia, fellow prisoners don’t take his crimes of killing babies in infanticides too kindly.


Rapists, child abusers, gang snitchers and the like are normally viewed as the lowest “rank” of prisoner by fellow inmates. They are often confined to solitary or placed in SNY, or the Sensitive Needs Yard, with other fellow prisoners who are at risk for violence if allowed to reside in the general population.

Should Gosnell be convicted and face a prison term, he would likely remain in solitary or in a sensitive needs population for the duration of his time in prison term.

Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility is named in honor of Warden Patrick N. Curran and Deputy Warden Robert F. Fromhold, who were murdered at Holmesburg Prison on May 31, 1973. They are the only Pennsylvania corrections system officials known to have been killed in the line of duty.

Opening in 1995, the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility (CFCF) is the largest such facility in the state. It consists of four housing buildings and an administration/ core building. Each building has eight housing units, or pods, four on each floor.

“Each pod consists of 32 cells, divided into two tiers, organized around a common living and dining area,” the corrections web site indicates. “Inmates housed on each pod have access to indoor and outdoor recreation, medical triage, law library, and program areas.”



“The core building includes the administrative offices for the Commissioner of Prisons, central administrative staff, the warden, and facility staff,” it continues. “Facilities for intake and reception, along with industrial shops, educational classrooms, and program areas, also are included in the core building. A bail commissioner, court staff, and public defenders are on site, and lineups are conducted at CFCF.”

Typically, prisoners in solitary confinement, sometimes called the SHU or the Segregated Housing Unit, are confined to their cells for a 23-hour per day period, with one hour of supervised recreation done in a secure area by themselves. Prisoners in solitary are usually denied interaction with fellow prisoners that occurs in the general population yards.

“CFCF serves as a 24-hour intake center for adult males, and almost 30,000 males are processed through the facility´s receiving room on an annual basis. All new inmates undergo an admissions and diagnostics process, which includes classification; orientation; medical examination; issuance of an inmate handbook, clothing, and personal care items; and social service assessment,” the web site says.