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The Associated Press

The lawyer for Colton Harris-Moore, the youthful thief known as the “Barefoot Bandit,” is expressing concern about the conditions of his confinement at a Washington state prison.

The 21-year-old has been placed in the intensive management unit at Walla Walla State Penitentiary, where convicts facing the death penalty are housed. The Department of Corrections says it’s standard to place high-profile inmates in such solitary confinement for their own protection.

Department spokeswoman Selena Davis says Harris-Moore has been there since April 11 and will remain there pending a final decision on his prison placement, expected in about seven weeks. Harris-Moore is allowed out of his cell five times per week, for an hour each time, plus three 10-minute showers per week.

His Seattle lawyer, John Henry Browne, says it’s absurd that a nonviolent criminal like Harris-Moore is being held in conditions akin to those of a murderer.