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Plea won't change Rader's jail routine The sheriff says the killer probably won't be moved or isolated, even though inmates sometimes kill murderers

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, March 14, 2007, at 8:24 a.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at 10:50 a.m.

Dennis Rader's life in the Sedgwick County Jail won't change just because he has confessed to being the serial killer BTK.

Rader will have the same "liberty benefits" — such as the ability to write and receive mail and make telephone calls — that he had before he pleaded guilty to 10 murders on Monday, Sedgwick County Sheriff Gary Steed said.

"It doesn't mean we're going to send him to a different part of the jail," Steed said. "It has everything to do with his behavior" inside the jail.

Rader, 60, is already under a high level of management and is housed in a "direct pod" with other inmates. An inmate's management classification is constantly re-evaluated, Steed said, based on a number of considerations: likelihood of escape, for instance, or how likely an inmate is to assault inmates, guards and deputies.

Steed said Rader may become a target of other inmates. Admitted killers and child molesters have been killed or injured by inmates.

"We evaluate those types of things on every inmate that comes in here," Steed said.

If a threat is uncovered, he said, the most likely course of action would be to remove the person responsible for the threat.

Rader will stay in the Sedgwick County Jail until he is sentenced Aug. 17, Steed said. After that, his most likely destination will be the state prison in El Dorado.

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