The Big House


Most inmates count the days until they’re out of the big house; but one New York man is facing charges for busting back in.

New York City police say for at least a week Matthew Matagrano was using phony credentials to get into various prisons. The latest case was last Thursday when he arrived at the Manhattan prison around three in the afternoon.

Police say surveillance cameras caught him mingling with inmates, giving them cigarettes and smoking with them in the common area. Police say he has been getting in by flashing a gold shield and telling people he is a detective from the department’s intelligence unit.

Police are baffled and say they have no idea why he would want to spend his freedom back behind bars; and now that freedom might be short lived. They say he is facing charges of burglary, possession of forged instruments, larceny and promoting prison contraband. A judge has set his bail at $50,000.

Maybe things are just easier for him on the inside. Nothing says easy living like a free bed and three meals a day.