Rowland Camp Called “Not Club Fed” But “Pleasant”


Former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland is likely to spend his 10-plus month sentence in relative comfort in a wooded setting about 20 miles north of Worcester, Mass., at a federal prison camp on the former Fort Devens military base, reports the Hartford Courant. The 120 male inmates must return to their rooms three times a day to be counted. “It’s not exactly `Club Fed,’ but it’s fairly pleasant,” said a lawyer who has had clients serve terms there. “He’ll be in a former military barracks building, in a room with either one or three others.”

The Fort Devens prison camp has no golf or tennis – but does have an outdoor basketball court, and a building in which inmates can do crafts, woodworking and, generally, “make stuff,” the lawyer said. David Novak, a Salt Lake City-based consultant who advises white-collar offenders, said that “any inmate who has been medically cleared will work eight hours a day, five days a week at one of a number of menial tasks.” Most inmates are serving time for drug offenses. “As a Caucasian and a white-collar offender, the governor will be in the minority,” Novak said.


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