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A Day In The Life Of Keith Raniere — Federal Prisoner #57005-177

Today is the day that Keith Alan Raniere, formerly/known/as (f/k/a) Vanguard now/known/as (n/k/a) Federal Prisoner #57005-177,  will find out if he gets to remain free while his attorneys try to defend him against the federal criminal charges that have already been brought against him — and the new ones they’re working on right now.

So, what is this day actually going to be like for him? To find out, Frank Report consulted with some experts regarding the criminal justice system in the Eastern District of New York – and the inner working of the Metropolitan  Detention Center (MDC), which is currently Keith’s home-away-from home.

Here’s what we found out (More on the day-to-day schedule later):

  • 3:00 AM – A guard woke him up and told him to report to the CO’s Office within 10 minutes (Raniere was most likely being kept in the Special Housing Unit – “the SHU” – since he arrived at MDC earlier in the week)
  • 3:10 AM – A guard takes him down to R&D Unit – and puts him in a holding cell
  • 5:30 AM – A guard come by and drops off breakfast (A styrofoam cup of cheerios, a carton of milk, and a banana)
  • 6:30 AM – A guard takes him to the Dressing Room – where he gets a full anal-cavity strip-search and is given a red or orange “onesie” to put on for the trip to court (If the guards like Keith, they’ll let him pick out his own clothes; otherwise they’ll just do that for him)
  • 7:00 AM – Two guards will put him in handcuffs, leg irons, a body-chain and a “box” (The “box” holds his hands in front of him – and makes it impossible for him to move his arms). Given his notoriety, Raniere might also be given a bullet proof vest
  • 7:30 AM – Two guards will put him on the Court Bus or in another MDC vehicle — and drive him to the U.S. District Court Courthouse for the Eastern District of New York
  • 9:00 AM – He’ll arrive at the courthouse and be put in a holding cell with a bunch of other guys who have court proceedings today
  • 12: 00 Noon – He’ll be given a brown paper bag that contains a bologna sandwich, a carton of milk, and an apple
  • 1:55 PM – He’ll be taken upstairs to the courtroom
  • 2:00 PM – His arraignment – and bail bond hearing – begins
  • 2:30 PM – The judge will likely deny bail and, instead, remand him to Bureau of Prisons custody to await trial
  • 2:35 PM – He’ll be put back in the holding cell with a bunch of other guys who have court proceedings today
  • 5:00 PM – He’ll be put back on the bus (or in the other vehicle) to go back to MDC
  • 6:00 PM – He’ll arrive back at MDC, go through Intake, and get processed into MDC. This will include several meetings with administrative staff, medical staff, and psychological staff.
  • 7:30 PM – He’ll be given another brown bag with a bologna sandwich, a carton of milk, and an apple
  • 8:30 PM – He’ll be given a brown “onesie”
  • 9:00 PM – He’ll be delivered to his cell in the West Tower, where he’ll learn that he’s been assigned the upper bunk
  • 10:00 PM –  Count Time: He’ll stand by his bunk as the cell-block guards count the number of prisoners there
  • 10:15 PM – Cells locked, lights out and nighty-night!
  • 6:00 AM – Lights on, wake-up call
  • 6:00 AM- 6:30 AM – Breakfast
  • 6:45 AM – 7:00 AM – Brush teeth and wash face (This will be “free time” for Vanguard)
  • 7:00 AM – Settle in for a day with absolutely nothing to do…

His private cell is small and he will share it with another inmate.
Sometimes several inmates share a slightly larger cell for the convenience of the prison.
The recreational area permits for card playing and dining.


Recreational area. The cells are the sides and above. there is no daylight to be enjoyed by the prisoners.
This is the visitation area. It is a screened visit area. You do not see visitors physically but on the TV screen and can hear them on the phone.
A close up view of a cell like the one Keith Raniere now resides in. He has come a long way from having luxury accommodations with slaves attending him.


Before a prisoner can leave the facility – if he is going to court, or to visit his attorney, he must first submit to being cuffed from inside his cell.