Post-verdict life for Derek Chauvin

Posted at 1:19 PM, April 21, 2021 and last updated 2:12 PM, July 20, 2023

MINNEAPOLIS (Court TV) — Convicted of the murder and manslaughter of George Floyd, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was taken to his new home at Minnesota Correctional Facility, the state’s only maximum-security prison in Oak Park Heights. Prior to his detainment, Chauvin had been free on bail for several months.


He is on “administrative segregation” status for his own safety and is in the Administrative Control Unit (ACU). The ACU is the state’s most secure unit. Administrative segregation is used when someone’s presence in the general population is a safety concern.

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Here’s what we know about the restricted house unit where Derek Chauvin is being held:

  • He is in a single cell and will not have contact with other incarcerated people.
  • Correction staff makes visual rounds every 30 minutes with weekly visits from the warden.
  • Mental health professional performs regular check-ins and observation for signs of depression.
  • He’s allowed to keep basic essentials with him, as well as magazines, newspapers and books.


This April 20, 2021, booking photo provided by the Minnesota Department of Corrections show Derek Chauvin, who was convicted in the murder of George Floyd, Jr. (Minnesota Dept. of Corrections)

Chauvin waived his right to have the jury determine whether or not there were aggravating factors, leaving the decision up to the presiding judge, Judge Cahill. Cahill has ordered a pre-sentence investigation (PSI) that is typically confidential and includes information such as the defendant’s characteristics, criminal record, social history and other circumstances around the case.

The court has ordered that the parties’ briefs on the Blakely aggravated sentencing factors are due April 27, with the Court to file its factual findings by May 4. The PSI will be due by May 19, and the parties’ sentencing briefs are due June 2. An exact sentencing date has not yet been determined.

Chauvin is facing a maximum of 75 years in prison for second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. However, in Minnesota, defendants typically serve two-thirds of their sentence with the rest on parole.


Tiffany Smith and Beth Hemphill of Court TV contributed to this story. 


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