Josh Duggar Reportedly In Solitary Confinement After Getting Caught With Cellphone; Details On Prison Facility’s “SHU” Conditions

“At least I got a few good selfies in for Joshy’s Girl before they caught me!”

Well, well…look who hasn’t been a model inmate. 

Former 19 Kids and Counting star and current prisoner Josh Duggar reportedly recently earned himself a stay in solitary confinement after getting caught with a cellphone behind bars.

As The Ashley previously told you, the eldest of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar‘s brood of blessings children is currently serving a 151-month sentence at Federal Correctional Institute (FCI) Seagoville near Dallas, Texas, for receiving child sex abuse materials (CSAM). 

According to The Sun, however, Josh’s accommodations changed last week, as he was sent to the facility’s Special Housing Unit (SHU)–- commonly referred to as solitary confinement–- for allegedly having a cellphone.

“Um…dad? Can you get me a replacement ASAP? Preferably an iPhone 14 this time.”

Life in the SHU at FCI Seagoville is allegedly known for being especially harsh. 

“I can tell you that the SHU there is so bad that the regional office was just down there to see what was going on,” a family member of an inmate at the facility told the outlet. “They’ve been keeping prisoners in the SHU indefinitely, not letting them have [Discipline Hearing Officer] hearings, which let them know when they’re getting out.” 

Allegations of harsh conditions have been made against FCI Seagoville in the past, with some complaints being filed specifically for treatment received in the SHU.

“I told them I was a Duggar and they didn’t even care!”

Back in October, The Sun reported that an inmate filed a complaint against the facility for “deliberate indifference” to his “mental and physical needs” for “failure to provide [his] prescribed medication for 31 days.” The inmate was allegedly in the SHU for that duration and “at the total mercy of” Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) staff.

The case is ongoing and the inmate is still serving his sentence at FCI Seagoville. 

Even outside of the SHU, prisoners at the facility are allegedly subjected to conditions that make them “more susceptible to illness,” including being served food that is regularly expired and on at least one occasion, “filled with bugs.” 

I bet J-Dog would kill for a plate of tater-tot casserole right about now.

Due to the facility running on generators, daily power outages are also common. 

“They go without electricity or heating for days, even when a big cold front came through Texas,” a source claimed. “They didn’t have hot water for days at a time. They’ve been through six generators in the past six weeks because they keep burning them out instead of just fixing the electricity.” 

“I had no idea it would be this chilly in hell.”

The prison was previously referred to as a “petri dish” by a family member of an inmate who died after 72 percent of the population ended up contracting COVID back in 2020. A report from CNN that year reported that at least three inmates had died by August 2020.

It is unknown how long Josh is expected to be in the SHU; however, as The Ashley reported in December, Josh and his legal team are trying to get the former TLC star sprung from prison by demanding a new trial.

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(Photos: YouTube; TLC) 



  1. I want to know how he got a phone when the only person who visits him seems to be Anna and the kids. I’d also be interested to know what he was using the phone for. Even flip phones can access the internet. Y’all think it’ll extend his time? I’m pretty sure it’ll hurt his appeal for sure.

    So much for those good Christian values 🙄

    1. He could have bought it off someone in the prison. My uncle is in federal prison and is on facebook all the time idk how he doesnt get caught. But he told my husband they even have ipads in there.

  2. I mean, it doesn’t surprise me that Josh was breaking the rules. His smug mug shot told us everything about his character.

    I do wonder how he manipulated Anna into sneaking that phone to him. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was making phone calls to his girlfriends while Anna is stuck raising 7 children alone in a warehouse funded by Daddy Duggar. A$$hat.

  3. Just put him down. He isn’t wired right, is a danger to innocent children, and will never change. Put him out of our misery.

    1. This. Let the other inmates free to do as they would like without repercussions. They can take the trash out for us.

  4. I have no sympathy for him. He wouldn’t be in harsh conditions if he wasn’t a repeated child molester.

    I also will never forget hearing a detective testify that the files found on Josh’s computer were “in the top five of the worst of the worst that I’ve ever had to examine”. If that wasn’t bad enough he then said “One of the video’s in Duggar’s possession depicts the rape and torture of an 18-month-old toddler.“

    It struck me that all of his children fell within the age range of the child porn he possessed. His nitwit wife won’t protect her own children against this monster.

    He doesn’t deserve to breathe air.

    1. Seriously? That prison is so famous for housing sex offenders they have their own program to address it. It’s why Josh was sent there. Over half the prisoners are there for sexual abuse, a lot of them of children. You feel sorry for them? How naive can you be? Did you really think Josh was the worst one there? Some of those people are there for making the movies Josh was caught downloading. I’m saying this as someone who watched a sibling do time. If he had been in THAT prison, it wouldn’t have been for drugs, it would be for something much worse. And my response would be: Enjoy the cockroaches for dinner, you monster. Inmates are inmates FOR A REASON! Usually the worst prisons host the worst inmates. They are not all Alcatraz. The one my brother was in was clean, well maintained, and allowed him to complete rehab and get a college degree. Prison actually saved his life and turned it around. He works for a halfway house helping other newly released people turn it around now. You do the crime, you do the time. What would you like us to do? Turn Josh’s prison into the Ritz?

    2. Really???
      Well, I feel bad that our tax dollars have to go to housing scum bags like sexual predators who prey on precious children. I think they should all get the death penalty for putting precious children in harms way and taking away their innocence. Maybe if the punishment was more harsh rather than a slap on the wrist, there’d be less out there.

      1. Whoever disliked this comment is just as sick as a sexual predator. For people not to think they should get a harsher punishment for preying on kids… they’re just as bad.

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