Convicted teen sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell is desperate to transfer back to a UK prison to ensure she only serves HALF her 20-year sentence behind bars.
The disgraced British socialite was sentenced on Tuesday after being convicted by a court in New York.
Maxwell, 60, is set to appeal the sentence but if unsuccessful plans are already afoot to have an application lodged to serve her time in Britain.
“She is happy to be freed on licence just to get out of prison and her best option for getting out quicker is back in the UK.”
With good behaviour, Maxwell could see almost three years taken off her sentence in the US.
But after three years in the States, she is entitled to apply to serve the remainder of her sentence in the UK.
It would see her left with 182 months left after a deduction of the time she spent in prison while awaiting trial.
However once in the UK prison system, the Government states: “Once transferred the amount on your sentence remaining at point of transfer will be treated as if it was a sentence imposed in the UK and the release provisions in the part of the UK to which you transfer will apply to your sentence.
“This will not change the length of your sentence, but may alter the time you spend in custody pursuant to that sentence.”
In the UK, prisoners who are sentenced to two years or more serve half their sentence in prison and serve the rest of the sentence in the community on licence.
It would mean if Maxwell were to transfer to a British prison she would have only 91 months – seven years and seven months left – before she is eligible to be released on licence.
She would be 70 by the time she would be freed.
The fallen socialite faces several hurdles including the possibility that American officials could block her plans as she has “no automatic right to transfer.”
The US Government can refuse to allow her to return to Britain and it is certain her victims would object.
Sarah Ransome, whose impact statement given in court on Tuesday described two suicide attempts after her abuse by Epstein and Maxwell, said the Brit should never be allowed out.
“Ghislaine must die in prison because I’ve been in Hell and back for the last seventeen years,” she said.
Maxwell was convicted in December last year of sex trafficking minors, conspiracy to entice a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, and conspiracy to transport a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity for her former boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein.
She was also found guilty of transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors.
Maxwell’s lawyer Bobbi Sternheim has requested the Brit be sent to the low-security female prison in Danbury, Connecticut and enrolled in a treatment program to address past familial and other trauma.
The judge agreed to make such a recommendation to the Bureau of Prison, though it’s up to that agency to make the final decision.
The prison was the inspiration for the fictional drama Orange Is The New Black, where Piper Kerman, who wrote the memoir on which the series is based, was jailed in 2004 and 2005 after her conviction for money laundering and drug trafficking
Singer Lauryn Hill once served time in the cushy prison as well as US reality star Teresa Giudice.