Mass. facility listed as possible site for Anthony Weiner prison sentence

Anthony Weiner.
Anthony Weiner. (John Taggart/The New York Times)

A federal prison in Massachusetts has been identified as a possible place where disgraced former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner could receive sex offender treatment when he begins serving a prison sentence next month.

Weiner, 53, must surrender to federal authorities Nov. 6 to serve a sentence of one year and nine months for sending sexually explicit pictures and messages to a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina.

In a sentencing memorandum filed last month by Weiner’s defense team, the Federal Medical Center Devens is listed as one of two federal prisons that offers residential treatment for sex offenders. The other facility is in Marion, Ill.


Joseph D. Allen, an attorney with the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives in Baltimore, Md., provided Weiner’s lawyers with information about both facilities in a letter dated Sept. 8 but cautioned that the New York politician isn’t likely to get sex offender treatment in prison.

Weiner’s odds of getting treatment are low, Allen wrote, because the federal prison system gives priority to higher risk inmates and Weiner is considered to be at a low risk of reoffending.

There are also long wait lists for sex offender treatment programs, Allen wrote. He declined to comment. Allen’s letter was part of the 169-page sentencing memo submitted by Weiner’s defense team.

Where Weiner will serve his prison sentence is unclear. An official at the Ayer prison said the federal prison system wouldn’t discuss Weiner until he surrenders.

His defense team and federal prosecutors also declined to comment.

Weiner pleaded guilty in May to one count of transferring obscene material to a minor. His sexting scandals cost Weiner his seat in Congress, his bid to become mayor of New York City, and it even ensnared Hillary Clinton during the waning days of last year’s presidential campaign.

During the probe into Weiner’s communications with the teenager, investigators unearthed e-mails on his laptop belonging to his wife, Huma Abedin, a senior aide to Clinton.


That discovery led to an announcement in late October by James Comey, then the FBI director, that the bureau had opened a new inquiry into Clinton’s handling of official e-mail.

The inquiry ended two days before the election. Clinton has blamed Comey in part for her defeat.

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Correction: A previous version of this story misidentified the lawyer for the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives. His first name is Joseph.