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Former Chicago Police Lt. Jon Burge (Credit: Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)

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UPDATED 03/16/11 11:45 a.m.

BUTNER, N.C. (CBS) – Former police Cmdr. Jon Burge reported to prison Wednesday, after being convicted of lying about torturing suspects during the 1970s and ‘80s.

Burge was convicted last year of lying about torturing prisoners into making confessions. He was sentenced in January to 4 1/2 years in prison.

He was checked into a federal prison in Raleigh, N.C., at 8:24 a.m. Chicago time, in the same facility where Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff is serving his sentence.

The 72-year-old Madoff is serving a 150-year sentence at the Butner Federal Correctional Complex, which has both medium- and low-security facilities, as well as a medical center.

Since Burge was fired from the Police Department in 1993, his name has become synonymous with police brutality in Chicago.

Dozens of suspects accused Burge and the detectives under their command of shocking them with a homemade electrical device, suffocating them with typewriter bags, putting guns to their head and playing Russian roulette — all to force them to confess to murders they didn’t commit.

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