Silk Roads’ Founder Ross Ulbricht Gets Transferred to a New High-Security Prison


Silk Roads’ Founder—Ross Ulbricht has been shifted to yet another high-security prison. Ross has been transferred to USP Tucson, which according to federal authorities is another high-security prison.

In this new facility, Ross will be held with few hardcore gang members and high profile murderers than in his former prison.

Silk Road’s Founder Transferred Prisons Again

Although the new Tucson facility is said to hold a few gang members and murderers, it does hold a higher number of sex offenders. The high numbers of sex offenders can be attributed to the Sex Offender Management Program run by the USP Tucson prison. Currently, Ross is about to start serving a double life sentence, with an additional forty years with no chance of ever being paroled.

Since the start of this process, Ross has found himself being moved from one prison to another. However, the current prison where he has just been transferred to was as a result of a recommendation made by Judge Katherine Bolan Forest. If you have been following the case closely, you will remember that this is the same judge who oversaw Ross’s case.

USP Tucson was the second recommendation after FCI Petersburg. The latter is said to be more of a medium security facility. It was also aimed at providing Ross with a better and safe ecosystem that would enable him to serve the remainder of his double life sentence without coming to any harm.

During his trial, Ross Ulbricht was initially held at a correctional facility located in New York—the Metropolitan Correctional Center. After his sentencing was made in July 2017, he was immediately transferred to USP Florence High which is located in Colorado. Those who are familiar with the correctional facility routinely refer to it as the ‘Alcatraz of the Rockies.’

This is where Ross stayed until his latest transfer came through which has seen him being sent to USP Tucson located in Arizona. His sentence primarily comprises of double life imprisonment which is then followed up with an additional forty years.

The sentence was handed down by Judge Katherine when Ulbricht was found guilty of money laundering, conspiracy to aid in trafficking narcotics, and computer hacking. All these charges stem from his creation of an internet marketplace known as Silk Road. Internet users were able to sell and buy goods from the marketplace without having to divulge their personal information.

Silk Road was created in line with Ross’s vision to come up with a free market that would make it easier for people to transact anonymously without any individual ever getting harmed. The process of developing the marketplace started in 2010 and was operational for three years until October 2013.

It officially came to a close when the federal authorities arrested Ross. His arrest occurred when he was visiting the science fiction section of a library in the San Fernando area. According to the federal authorities, Ross was the founder and developer of the Silk Road marketplace.

The family is still hopeful that Ross will one day be moved to a medium-level security prison as he is not a dangerous criminal.

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