Perhaps not surprisingly, Martha Stewart is campaigning for prison and sentencing reform. In a message posted on her Web site, she calls for “reforms, both in sentencing guidelines, in length of incarceration for nonviolent first-time offenders, and for those involved in drug-taking. They would be much better served in a true rehabilitation center than in prison.” Stewart is serving a 5-month federal prison sentence in Alderson, W.Va., for lying about a stock sale. She complains that for women at Alderson, “there is no real help, no real programs to rehabilitate, no programs to educate, no way to be prepared for life ‘out there’ where each person will ultimately find herself, many with no skills and no preparation for living.
Stewart said she has lots of “time to think, time to write, time to exercise, time to not eat the bad food, and time to walk and contemplate the future. Cleaning has been my job — washing, scrubbing, sweeping, vacuuming, raking leaves, and much more. But like everyone else here, I would rather be doing all of this in my own home.”