TMZ reported New York City Department of Correction bosses' fears, citing high-ranking officials who are afraid of an event similar to the death of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who was found hanging from strips of orange bed sheets inside his jail cell in Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.
While it's up to the city's corrections department to decide where inmates are housed, Judge James Burke said he'd ask that Weinstein be placed in the Rikers Island's North Infirmary Command, where he'd have "something tantamount to protective custody."
"The last thing you want is another Jeffrey Epstein incident," a corrections source told the New York Post.
Epstein was pronounced dead shortly after he was discovered on the morning of Aug. 10, 2019. The New York City Medical Examiner's Office later announced he had committed suicide by hanging, but his death is now the subject of a Department of Justice Investigation.
Forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden, who was hired by Epstein's family to investigate the circumstances of the death, has repeatedly said Epstein's injuries were more consistent with murder than suicide.
Meanwhile, Weinstein – who was hospitalized shortly after he was convicted of third-degree rape and criminal sex act – remained at Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City, where doctors were addressing concerns about high blood pressure and heart palpitations.
As a result of corrections officials' concerns about Weinstein's anticipated stay within their system, bosses have come up with a plan to keep him isolated and, most importantly, alive.
"Harvey is going to be isolated as much as possible and will always have a detail with him throughout the prison," a jails source told the Post. "He's never going to be like other prisoners, able to walk down the hallway or sit in the canteen alone."
Weinstein will have his own jail cell and will likely be assigned a jail captain to escort him everywhere he goes, along with several other department employees, such as officers from the DOC's emergency response unit, Joe Russo, president of the Assistant Deputy Wardens/Deputy Wardens Association, told The City.
The team of DOC officers has already taken position guarding Weinstein at the hospital, The City reported.
Rikers' North Infirmary Command has the capacity to isolate high-profile inmates from others, according to the report. Whenever Weinstein is moved throughout the infirmary, the entire unit will be temporarily shut down.
There's a chance Weinstein is assigned a housing unit entirely to himself, The City reported.
Epstein was the only person staying in his cell, which was within a Bureau of Prisons facility. Weinstein was not federally prosecuted in his rape and sex assault trial, and would, therefore, most typically be confined to one of the DOC's facilities. But Russo told the outlet officials are also mulling transferring Weinstein to a facility outside of New York City, to a correction complex on Long Island or in Westchester, instead.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.