updated 03/11/2010 AT 9:00 AM ET
•originally published 03/11/2010 AT 9:15 AM ET
As of Monday, rapper Lil Wayne has a new moniker: Inmate Carter.
The rapper is living among the general population of inmates at the Eric. M. Taylor Center (the facility for sentenced males at Riker’s Island), but he is also afforded a low level of protective custody, due to his public profile.
“Inmate Carter is in a category of housing that we call ‘general population/escort,’ ” a New York City Department of Corrections official tells PEOPLE. That means when he leaves the housing area (his cell or the day room), he will have a captain escorting him at all times.
On an hourly basis, the rapper can decide if he wants to be locked in his cell or locked out of it – for security reasons, inmates are not allowed to freely move between their cell and the common areas.
What else can Lil’ Wayne expect from the year ahead? The official shared the following details: