Bill Cosby, who was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison earlier this week, will partake in an evaluation process to determine the extent of his treatment as a sex offender.
TMZ reported on Sept. 30 that it “all hinges on how much of a danger he poses.”
The 81-year-old was convicted of sexually assaulting a Temple University staffer, Andrea Constand.
Now, Cosby will have to go through a program known as the Responsible Living: A Sex Offender Treatment Program, the report said.
TMZ reported that there are seven phases of the program: Responsibility Taking, Behavioral Techniques, Emotional Well-Being, Victim Empathy, Anger Management, Sex Education, and Relapse Prevention.
The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections will evaluate Cosby, who is blind and walks with a cane, to see what danger he poses, which will determine the sort of treatment he will receive.
“If he falls into a moderate-high or a high-risk category, he’ll have to complete all 7 phases of the sex offender program. If he falls into a low or low-moderate risk category, he’s just required to knock out Responsibility Taking, Sex Education and Relapse Prevention,” TMZ said.
Cosby spent his first night at the SCI Phoenix prison in Pennsylvania on the night of Sept. 25 as Inmate No. NN7687. He will also be assessed by prison medical staff, psychologists, and others. While incarcerated, he will be allowed phone calls, visitation, and exercise, according to a previous report from Epoch Times.
His sentence means that he will have to serve at least three years in prison before he is eligible for parole.
Cosby will also be “able to purchase his own television, radio, and tablet so that he will be able to receive email, music, and books,” Press Secretary for Corrections Amy Worden told Fox News.
She added, “These are possessions that inmates are allowed to have.”
“We are taking all of the necessary precautions to ensure Mr. Cosby’s safety and general welfare in our institution,” said Corrections Secretary John Wetzel in a statement. “The long term goal is for him to be placed in the general population to receive the programming required during his incarceration.”
His sentencing comes months after he was convicted in the 2004 assault. Dozens of other women have accused Cosby of assaulting or abusing them across several decades.
“It is time for justice. Mr. Cosby, this has all circled back to you. The time has come,” Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill said during the sentencing, according to The Associated Press.
Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt claimed, however, that his client was subjected to the “most racist and sexist trial in the history of the United States.” Wyatt said all three of the psychologists who testified against Cosby were “white women who make money off of accusing black men of being sexual predators,” AP reported.