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Aaron Hernandez a 'model inmate' so far, sheriff says

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson told NFL Network on Wednesday morning that former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has exhibited good behavior during his first week in jail.

"So far, since he first came, from the day when I met with him, he's been pretty much a model inmate," Hodgson told "NFL AM." "He's not been showing any signs of nervousness, he's been very polite and he's been very respectful."

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Hernandez is charged with first-degree murder and several weapons violations in the death of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old semi-pro football player from the Boston area.

Hernandez, who's being held without bail, has been segregated from the rest of the jail population, a move made for his safety. Hernandez initially was held in a single cell in the medical unit for about four days, where he had almost no contact with anyone except staff, Hodgson said. Hernandez since has been moved to a second single cell in a smaller unit.

"He'll be allowed out three hours a day, one hour for recreation in the yard, one hour for recreation in the common area of the unit, and he'll get another hour for showers and phone calls," Hodgson said.

More from Hodgson's appearance on NFL Network:

» The sheriff has no plans to allow Hernandez to marry his fiancée while serving jail time: "When I came (to this jail), I took the weights out, I took the TVs out of the cells, we don't have coffee. ... I've told people, 'Look, if you come to prison, we're not going to use taxpayer dollars on what you otherwise could get on the outside when you make good choices.' So we're not going to revamp our entire security system to perform marriages inside our prison. If you want to get married, what you do is you stay out of jail."

» Hernandez was kept from his fellow inmates for safety but also because of what Hodgson called a "big lifestyle shift" in going from superstar athlete to inmate: "We like to be able to sort of monitor him and see how his disposition is, which so far has been OK, but we also want to monitor how the inmates are reacting to it."

» On Hernandez's tattoos: "Right now, we're not as concerned about those, but we still, when anybody has tattoos, whether they have ... identifiable gang insignias, even if they don't, we still monitor very closely. ... We're still very vigilant, although we're not as directly concerned at this point."

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