What does a day in the life of Ross Harris look like right now?

Day in the life of Ross Harris

Ross Harris sits in the Cobb County Jail, just three weeks away from sentencing, waiting to hear if he will ever have the possibility of parole.
 
On Monday, a jury found the Cobb County father guilty on eight charges, including malice and felony murder, in the death of his son, Cooper. The 22-month-old was left in the back of an SUV back in June 2014.
 
Although Harris is being watched very closely, he is not segregated from other inmates. 
 
"It is not meant to be comfortable. You're in a very small place, in a very small room, by yourself, with time to think about things," said 11Alive legal expert Phil Holloway. "He's making peace with the fact that he's going to be behind bars for the rest of his natural life. "
Until he's sentenced to state prison though, he'll stay in the Cobb County Jail, which creates a challenge for the Sheriff.
 
"Because he's a high profile inmate, because he's accused of and now convicted of intentionally killing a child," Holloway said. 
 
Harris is not in solitary confinement, but a spokesman for the jail told 11Alive News he's being watched closely day and night.
 
"It's the type of situation that people in charge of a jail want to make sure nothing happens, because his safety now is the responsibility of the Cobb County Sheriff's Office," Holloway said. 
 
Harris is allowed recreation time outside, and eats breakfast, lunch, and dinner with the other inmates. According to the State Department of Corrections website, incarcerated men are served 2,800 calories a day for meals.
 
Harris does have commissary and visitation privileges, but that could change after he's sentenced.
 
"Inmates might go to one prison. Serious, violent felons would go to another," Holloway said. "Other prisoners are sent to more minimum security places." 
 
He will be evaluated at Jackson State Prison after sentencing to determine where he ends up.
 
"I think any judge who has a defendant that has been convicted of the malicious killing of their own child, certainly a toddler, would be hard pressed not to get life without parole," he said. 
 
Sentencing has been set for December 5. And while his attorneys said he is already working on an appeal, Holloway said it could be two to three years before that appeal would be heard. 
 
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