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Kwame Not Satisfied with Prison

Kwame Kilpatrick / AP

Former Detroit Democratic Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is not pleased with his incarcerated life so far, citing the prison’s lack of amenities.

As part of his bid to be released on bond, Kilpatrick argued that he could not properly rehabilitate from his knee injury due to the lack of exercise equipment and ice made available at the facility.

The Detroit News reports:

Kilpatrick complained about the spartan conditions while renewing a bid to be released on bond pending sentencing in the City Hall corruption case. Kilpatrick, 43, argued he cannot properly rehabilitate his surgically-repaired knee in prison.

The filing also revealed Kilpatrick is getting a U.S. Marshals Service escort twice a week to and from private physical therapy sessions outside prison. Kilpatrick complained that the prison does not have ice necessary to rehabilitate the knee or exercise equipment once he returns from therapy sessions.

"Milan does not have either physical therapy facilities, or medical facilities, or equipment necessary for Mr. Kilpatrick’s continuing medical care," taxpayer-funded defense attorney Harold Gurewitz wrote in paperwork filed with the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. "Mr. Kilpatrick’s need to obtain and to continue proper treatment for his knee surgery are reasons that he is not a flight risk."

Kilpatrick was found guilty of 24 federal charges, including racketeering, extortion, attempted extortion, bribery, mail fraud, wire fraud, and filing false tax returns.

A judge has already denied Kilpatrick bond once due to his "history of problems adhering to parole conditions."