In Danger? O.J. Simpson Removed From Prison Population ‘For His Protection’

Jul. 21 2017, Updated 5:21 p.m. ET

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O.J. Simpson has been removed from the general prison population in the aftermath of his shocking parole hearing, RadarOnline.com can confirm.

Detective Brooke of the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada exclusively told Radar that the disgraced star, 70, was placed in a “special housing unit” away from fellow inmates “to err on the side of caution, for his protection.”

“There are people in prison who have nothing to lose, and we just wanted to make sure we are taking preventative measures,” Brooke said.

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"As of right now, we he will remain in a special housing unit with the only people around him being mainly officers, and whether or not we will transfer him somewhere else in the future just depends on the situation."

The officer insisted that no viable threats have been made thus far, and said that Simpson can still go roam away from his cell, go outside and make phone calls.

Still, the detective admitted the move “isn’t normal protocol.”

"This isn't normal protocol to move someone to special housing after they've made parole, but considering he is a high-profile inmate, we had to take different measures to ensure his safety.”

As Radar reported, the former football legend was granted parole after a hearing yesterday. He will be eligible to go free in October.

He served nine years of a 33-year sentence on burglary and kidnapping charges stemming from a 2007 incident in Las Vegas.

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