What Kind of Life Will Ex-President Park Geun-hye Live in Prison?

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Ex-President Park Geun-hye will be locked up in Seoul Detention Center, where Choi Soon-sil and former Presidential Chief of Staff Kim Ki-choon are currently locked up. Samsung’s Vice President Lee Jae-yong is also living in his solitary cell at this place.

Park’s solitary cell will most likely be a 6.56-meter-squared room, which is twice the average size of prison cells across the nation. The solitary cell will include a minimum amount of furniture for a living, such as a private bathroom, locker, desk, and a TV. There is heating system on the floor that can help avoid the cold winter. According to the Ministry of Justice, Park might gain access to an even larger room by using a space for multiple people all by herself.

Past South Korean Presidents Roh Tae-woo and Chun Doo-hwan had also been locked up in solitary cells. However, considering their ex-Presidential status they stayed at a different building from other prisoners. There even was a barricade to block any prisoner from trespassing. Roh was imprisoned November 1995, in a 11-meter-squared room that included a private bathroom and reception room. Chun was locked up a month later in Anyang Prison, using a prison cell for multiple people all by himself.

Park will be waking up at 6AM and sleeping at 8PM while living in the detention center, just like other prisoners at the place. 45 minutes will be given everyday (excluding Sundays) for exercise. Meals are composed of 4 side dishes, rice, and soup. Park’s first breakfast on the 31st at the detention center includes bread, ketchup, and cheese.

It will also be difficult for Park to adhere to her coiffed hair. There is a hair stylist at the detention center but only simple cuts are allowed. Hair pins are not even allowed in the center, and Park’s hair is famous for using a lot of hair pins.

Cosmetics are also banned from the detention center, but prisoners can use a maximum of 35USD a day to buy basic skincare products available at the center. The center sells basic goods such as bread, snacks, basic skincare, and underwear. Cho Yoon-sun, former Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, had used about 1010USD for a month to buy these basic goods.

Original article available at http://www.koreadaily.com/news/read.asp?art_id=5133579

By Jin-woo Jung

Translated by Ellen Kim