Though the Bureau of Prisons has ultimate authority over where Cohen will serve his sentence, Otisville has both minimum security and medium security lockups and is believed to be a space where Cohen would be "safe" from reprisals. Cohen has been ordered to report to prison on March 6 (though he could still manage to have his sentence reduced by offering further cooperation to prosecutors). Data show the BEP complies with roughly three-quarters of recommendations made by prosecutors.
As one of our readers explained in a post published nearly 10 years ago, Otisville is a popular destination for Jewish convicts due to the accessibility to weekly Shabbat Services and a Rabbi, making Otisville unique in the federal prison system.
In remarks that elicited derision from Trump and his supporters, Cohen said during a statement before his sentencing that he had been living in a "personal and mental incarceration" due to his lies and crimes and that his prison term would - ironically - help him regain his spiritual freedom.