Saturday, January 4, 2014

Club Fed? What is White Collar Prison Really Like?

Whatever your views are on prison reform, you should take a look at this article from Business Insider. There is a perception that white collar criminals spend their days playing tennis and golf in minimum security prisons. While it is true that nonviolent prisoners are treated differently than volent prisoners, the perception of a white collar prison is simply not true.

Over the years I have discussed these prisons with former prisoners, and while they were not subjected to beatings or other violence, given their minimum security incarcertaion, they all say that there was no mistaking the fact that they were in prison, and that the experience was degrading, with long lasting implications on their lives, long after they were released.

In this article, the author discusses the experiences of three famous white collar criminals - Bernie Kerik (the former NYC Police Commissioner), Jack Abramoff (the infamous lobbyist) and Dennis Kozlowsk (the former head of Tyco).

The article provides some interesting insights into the Club Fed prison life. 

Life In White Collar Prisons 

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