Florida Winter Behind Bars Ahead For Stewart?


Martha Stewart may end up at a Coleman, Fl., federal women’s prison camp if she is not admitted to a women’s prison at Danbury, Ct., reports the St. Petersburg Times. Stewart has said she wants to begin her prison stay as soon as possible rather than wait for her appeal to take its course. The Coleman low- and medium-security prison opened in 1995. Additions over the last nine years – including the women’s camp -have made it the largest federal prison complex. It is known for a special program that allows inmates to help train guide dogs. Stewart, who said she will miss her dogs, cats, canaries, horses, and chickens, likely won’t be able to participate in that program because her five-month sentence is too short.

The one-stoplight city of Coleman, which had 647 residents at last count, has a main street called Warm Springs Avenue and old cracker homes with wide front porches and tin roofs. Stewart does not want to be housed at a federal prison for women in West Virginia that is hard to reach by plane or rail. Coleman is 6 miles from an Amtrak stop and about an hour’s drive from the Orlando International Airport.

Link: http://www.sptimes.com/2004/09/18/State/Stewart_could_be_a_sn.shtml

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