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Where Ex-Rutgers Student Dharun Ravi Will Spend His Jail Sentence

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UPDATE: A day after apologizing for the first time, a former Rutgers University student convicted of using a webcam to spy on his gay roommate gave up his right to remain free on Wednesday while New Jersey prosecutors appeal his 30-day jail sentence.

The ex-Rutgers student who was convicted of 15 counts including invasion of privacy and bias intimidation for using a webcam to spy on his gay roommate will spend next month inside a jail cell in a Northern New Jersey facility

When Dharun Ravi, 20, reports to Middlesex County Adult Correction Center to start his 30-day sentence on May 31, he will first have a medical and mental exam, de rigueur for incoming inmates, according to the Star-Ledger.

Ravi will then be assigned a room. It’s possible he will be held in a maximum security cell to protect him from the rest of the population, the paper reported. This would place him in a two-person, 15-by-10-foot cell.

The jail is blue-green concrete walls and floors with metal-framed bunk beds in a room with a view of razor-wire rimmed chain-linked fences, the Ledger reports.

Ravi will be served breakfast at 5:15 a.m., lunch at 11:30 a.m. and dinner at 5 p.m. Lights out is at 9 p.m., the paper reported.

Inmates are allowed one hour of daily recreation and are allowed to shave three times a week. There is no Internet.

Meanwhile, the Middlesex County prosecutor's office said the 30-day is "insufficient" and plans on appealing the sentence.

Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan said his office didn't request the maximum length of incarceration — 10 years — but "it was expected that his conviction on multiple offenses of invading the privacy of two victims on two separate occasions, four counts of bias intimidation against Tyler Clementi, and the coverup of those crimes, would warrant more than a 30-day jail term."

Supreme Court Judge Glenn Berman called Ravi's behavior "cold, calculated and methodically conceived."

He said he did not believe Ravi hated roommate Tyler Clementi, but believed he acted "out of colossal insensitivity."

Ravi's lawyers are also likely to appeal the conviction itself on several of the counts. They say the jury got it wrong by convicting him at all. They have until July 5 to appeal.

Brigid Bergin and the Associated Press contributed reporting