'Rude awakening' for John Goodman at Palm Beach County jail

Goodman was on house arrest at his Wellington home

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Wellington polo mogul John Goodman is living under some drastically altered conditions after authorities say he violated the terms of his house arrest. He has now been returned to the confines of a jail cell and, once again, he is said to be under suicide watch.

At least through the Thanksgiving holiday, Goodman will be held at the Palm Beach County Jail, a far cry from the house-arrest on his sprawling estate.

For those doing time there, life is meant to be anything but comfortable.

"It's a different life," said Maureen Taylor. Taylor's son, Brandon, is behind bars and is now a fellow inmate of Goodman. "It's hard. It's rough," she said.

Taylor says her son was arrested for 'minor crimes'. For two more weeks, she says, he will feel like 'a caged animal'. "You don't have the luxuries you have at home," she said.

Goodman is once again among the inmate population, sent back to jail, after authorities say he destroyed his ankle monitoring device with a handheld mirror.

"It's going to be a huge rude awakening for him," said Taylor. "Life is so different inside there."

The incarceration will be in stark contrast to the house arrest Goodman was under at his $6 million, 80 acre estate, which was home to a pool with cabana, a tennis court and large stables.

Goodman was being tracked by two hired guards from the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, monitored around the clock at his home. Now he is under 'suicide watch', likely in a 6 by 8 foot area, the dimensions of a typical jail cell.

Pending appeal of his DUI manslaughter conviction in the death of Scott Wilson, 23, in 2010, Goodman had been paying up to $2,000 per day to finance his at-home arrest. Now, his incarceration costs him $3 each day, just like every other inmate.

Goodman is allowed to read books and magazines and can also watch television. He will be held at the jail at least until a judge considers revoking his $7 million bond.

A hearing is set for November 26.

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