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86 sq. feet: Here's what Arias' future in prison looks like

  • Will it be life in prison or death for Jodi Arias?
  • On Monday, she'll be back in court and one step closer to finding out
  • With either sentence, Arias will spend most of the rest of her life in 86 sq. feet
86 sq. feet: Here's what Arias' future in prison looks like

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Will it be life in prison or death for Jodi Arias? On Monday, she'll be back in court and one step closer to finding out. Stay with HLN for complete coverage of her hearing.

One week after 12 jurors found Jodi Arias guilty of first-degree murder in May, they then found that the murder was "especially cruel," making Arias eligible for the death penalty. Arias is awaiting a retrial for the penalty phase of her case, since the initial penalty phase ended with a hung jury. Her first-degree murder conviction still stands, as does the jurors' finding that the murder Arias committed was "especially cruel." 

READ MORE: Your definitive guide to the Jodi Arias case

When the retrial of the penalty phase begins, a new jury will be selected, and these 12 jurors will only decide whether Arias will be sentenced to death via lethal injection or life in prison. Judge Sherry Stephens said she wants to conduct Arias' retrial in September. A date for the retrial could be set at the hearing that's scheduled for Monday.

Before the original jury began to deliberate, Jodi Arias herself spent almost 20 minutes pleading for her life and explaining to the jurors why they should spare her. Whether the new jury decides to give her life or death, Arias' future in prison looks pretty grim.

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Arias has remained at the Estrella Jail while she awaits her sentencing, but once she receives either fate, Arias will end up in the Arizona State Prison Complex in Goodyear, Arizona, just west of Phoenix, where maximum security and death row inmates are housed.

So what kind of future is Arias facing? Whether she gets sentenced to life in prison or the death penalty, here's a sneak peek at what life in prison will be like for Arias according to Andrew Wilder, director of communications for the Arizona Department of Corrections.

Inmates on death row
There are currently 122 males and 3 females on death row in Arizona. Although Debra Milke's conviction was recently overturned, she's still on death row, according to the Arizona Department of Corrections.

The cell

  • 12 ft. by 7 ft. cell; 86 square feet
  • All solo cells
  • Bed built into wall (hard surface bed)
  • Blanket and pillow
  • Stainless steel toilet and sink
  • Shelving across one side of bed, which could be used as a desk
  • Small chair
  • Personal items can be displayed in the cell and there are two small and very thin windows
  • Allowed to buy a small radio or TV

Inmates are fed 19 meals a week, three meals a day Monday through Friday and only two meals a day on the weekend. Death row and maximum security inmates eat all of their meals in their cells. There is no cafeteria-style setting.

Inmates on death row in Arizona have access to recreation three times a week for periods of two hours at a time. So if Arias is given the death penalty, she would get a total of six hours per week outside her cell. According to Wilder, these outdoor recreation areas are pretty small -- not much bigger than the cells -- and inmates spend this time alone. But on non-recreation days, inmates are limited to their cell and could spend up to 24 hours at a time in there. Other privileges allowed to prisoners are pretty basic:

  • No Internet
  • Books and commissary allowed for maximum security inmates
  • Library on site; Books can be requested
  • Interviews only done over the phone

Inmates are allowed to shower three times a week. Showers are next to the cells and inmates usually shower after their recreation periods. Inmates shower alone.

Contact with outside
Maximum security inmates get one 15-minute phone call per week and calls are made from the cell with a phone that is brought to the inmate. But all inmates are allowed to send and receive mail. All inmates are limited to one non-contact, two-hour visit per week, during which the inmate can only speak to the visitor through glass.

Death row before execution
The average amount of time an inmate spends on death row in Arizona is 12 years, but it's possible it could be much longer or much shorter. The last execution in Arizona took place in 2010. The inmate executed had spent 18 years on death row.

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