The news media pay more attention to jail conditions when one of their own is incarcerated. Nearly a month after she was jailed for refusing to cooperate with prosecutors in a leak investigation, the Washington Post reports that New York Times reporter Judith Miller is adapting to life at the Alexandria, Va., Detention Center. Miller, 57, is the latest in a string of celebrated inmates at the jail. She is housed not far from Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person convicted in the U.S. in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Under a contract with the U.S. Marshals Service, the jail houses federal inmates — about 150 of the 500 inmates yesterday.
Alexandria Sheriff James Dunning said “the celebrities get the same treatment here as anyone else.” Dunning said Miller is “fitting in just fine. Let’s face it, jail is not fun. But she is not having any unusual difficulty adjusting to the environment.” Miller sleeps in an 80-square-foot cell with a concrete slab and mattress for a bed and two thin slits for windows. She has told visitors that she brushes her hair with a toothbrush. She dines on such delicacies as turkey a la king and “down home” ham and pinto beans. Miller attorney Robert Bennett said Miller has a job as a “floor monitor,” cleaning up trays after meals.