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.

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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.

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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.

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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.