Will Jodi Arias receive extra jail perks?

th6GWP8WLRPHOENIX (KSAZ) – FOX 10 reported earlier this week that convicted killer Jodi Arias is acting as her own attorney. While we wait to find out what that will mean for her in the courtroom we now get an idea of what that means for her behind bars.

“The sheriff was concerned that this was just another attempt by her to manipulate the system,” said Chief Mike Olsen.

In jail, it’s well known that inmates who act as their own attorneys get some special privileges that other inmates don’t get.

Detention officers admit now that Jodi Arias is representing herself she will be treated differently.

“I think she is going to find out she is a little bit more limited than she hoped she was going to be,” said Olsen

Right now Arias is confined to her cell 23 hours a day. She is allowed a single half hour visit per week, and she can talk on the phone up to an hour per day.

But now because she is seen as preparing her case she can get up to six visits per week, five of those with court approved witnesses, and there is no set time limit on those visits. It’s the same with phone calls, and she will have a list of court approved contacts and can stay on the phone with them as long as the phone is available.

“We will give her time to use the telephone, and do the things she needs to do to represent herself. We don’t want to hinder that in any way. However, she will still have to stay within the guidelines and the jail rules,” he said.

MCSO Jail Chief Mike Olsen said Jodi’s new status may hurt her art dealing business. Some of her pieces are going for several thousand dollars. Olsen said Jodi was moving the art out of jail through her mitigation specialist for her case. But now that she’s her own attorney she shouldn’t have to send the art anywhere. Despite the few perks, she’s getting Jodi Arias is under very close watch.

“She is still a close custody inmate, the highest classification that we have. We’re still going to treat her that way, she’s been convicted of a crime, the most serious crime there is, she’s going to be treated the same way,” said Olsen.

The jury that found Arias guilty of murdering former boyfriend Travis Alexander couldn’t agree on whether she should get the death penalty or life in prison.

Jury selection for the re-trial begins September 8th.


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75 Comments for “Will Jodi Arias receive extra jail perks?”

  1. ๑۩ dee ۩๑

    Jodi Arias is calling Chris and Scott Hughes :p

    Media has requested to be in on jury selection, Judge is asking if Jodi Arias has an issue with it & they will deal w/ that @ next hearing.

  2. ๑۩ dee ۩๑

    Jodi Arias is calling James Aiken and Juan and Jodi are having a spat over Jodi not disclosing witnesses.

    Jodi Arias very much a narcissist if she thinks she can represent herself w/ jail-earned GED says…

  3. ๑۩ dee ۩๑

    The motion about Nurmi wanting off is in ex parte so we are out in hall

  4. ๑۩ dee ۩๑

    Well that was a window into Juan vs Jodi and he was calling her out! Jodi was giving it right back.

  5. ๑۩ dee ۩๑

    And Judge Stephens asks if they will have to delay the start of trial. Arias has made allegations against sheriffs’ office.

    I have been saying all along that Arias’ going pro per was all about firing Kirk Nurmi.


  6. ღSalღ

    An interesting court day, for sure, dee.

    Thanks for keeping up as usual! dear, dee!


  7. ๑۩ dee ۩๑

    James Aiken, prison expert for Maricopa

    Jodi Arias claims her expert witness wasn’t allowed in by MCSO– so evaluation won’t be ready by 9/8 re-trial.

    Jodi Arias motions to postpone her #DeathPenalty trial — Judge Stephens sets hearing to consider motion despite warning no delays :p


  8. ๑۩ dee ۩๑

    Jodi Arias is calling James Aiken as witness

    James Aiken, a prison management and inmate adjustment consulting expert

    “…Williford’s defense attorneys also called a prison management and inmate adjustment consulting expert who examined Williford’s record behind bars while awaiting trial.

    James Aiken said he considered Williford an “unusual risk” within the prison system.

    “I am concerned he will be a victim,” Aiken said.

  9. ๑۩ dee ۩๑


    Mr. James Aiken, President of James E. Aiken & Associates, Inc., has more than
    33 years of experience in correctional administration, facility operations and
    management, inspection and assessment of facility performance, and technical-assistance
    consulting. His international clients have resided in Canada, Costa Rica, the Dutch
    Kingdom, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

    Mr. Aiken has served every level of government, providing a wide range of
    expertise in correctional leadership and organizational development. His technical
    expertise includes the management of prison disturbances, system productivity, cost
    containment, prison security systems, managing violent youthful offenders in adult
    prisons, gang management, assessment of prison security/operational performance, and
    prison staffing analysis. He routinely consults with attorneys and testifies as an expert
    witness in death penalty and civil cases. Mr. Aiken has qualified as an expert witness on
    future-dangerousness and prison-condition issues in various federal district courts, as
    well as the courts of Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland,
    Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

    Mr. Aiken earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Benedict College in
    Columbia, South Carolina, and his Masters of Arts in Criminal Justice from the
    University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina.


  10. ๑۩ dee ۩๑

    Look who’s back in court. Jodi Arias speaks directly to prosecutor Juan Martinez as she now represents herself

  11. ๑۩ dee ۩๑

    Jodi Arias is trying to obtain Public Defender – Attorney at Law Frederica Strumpff to represent Her in Legal Proceedings!


  12. ๑۩ dee ۩๑

    Judge… wants to hear fr Sheriff at next PTC about Jodi not being able to interview a witness. Not taking Jodi’s word.

  13. ๑۩ dee ۩๑

    Jodi Arias Seeks Delay :o of Penalty Phase Retrial

    That retrial is scheduled to begin Sept. 8. Stephens said that there will be no further delays :o because of the change.
    August 5, 2014

  14. ๑۩ dee ۩๑

    In an unrelated press conference later Wednesday morning, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery declined comment on the Arias case, but when asked in general terms about pro per defendants, repeated the old adage that a person who represents himself, “has a fool for a client.”

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