Essa is serving his time at the Trumbull Correctional Institution in Leavittsburg, Ohio, where he works as a janitor and in food service. The prison is about an hour from downtown Cleveland. He has regular visitors, though prison policy prevents them from being identified. Essa is classified as a Level 3 inmate, falling between medium and maximum security.
Last December he was confined to disciplinary housing for violating prison rules against the “possession, manufacturing, or consumption of an intoxicating substance.” Prison officials would not reveal details about the incident for which he is disciplined.
-Grace Wong, In Session Senior Field Producer