Ex-Ct. Gov. Headed For “Lightly Regimented” Prison


Former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland will serve his 10-month term in a 140-inmate federal prison camp in Loretto, Pa., says the Hartford Courant. Life at Loretto is “lightly regimented,” said Edward S. Bales of Philadelphia-based Federal Prison Consultants Inc. “As long as you go and do your job function for the day, you can probably go and pretty much do whatever you need to.”

All federal camp inmates are required to work unless they are medically unable. Pay is 12 cents to 40 cents an hour, and can be spent at the prison commissary. Bales said Rowland “probably will be assigned to a very good job” – perhaps something indoors, such as teaching in a program for inmates with less extensive educational backgrounds. When they are not working, inmates may move freely about the unfenced grounds, although they must show up at their bunks for several head counts each day. There is no tennis or golf, but Loretto has an outdoor walking track and basketball hoops. Bales said convicted politicians generally do well because of their interpersonal skills. “Being political is very good,” he said. “You get into less problems.”

Link: http://www.courant.com/news/local/hc-loretto0330.artmar30,0,1893770.story?coll=hc-headlines-local

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