Archive for January, 2013

Losing Weight in Prison

Posted: January 28, 2013 in Federal Prison Camp

When I entered prison I weighed as much as 220 lbs.  As upset at myself as I am of going to prison, I am equally ashamed of the fact that I had let my weight get so out of control.  Given the fact that I was so big, I sometimes look back on the time I spent away and see it as something of a blessing.

Day one in the Atlanta camp I was given the job of taking a white trash bag and picking up trash all over the compound.  There really wasn’t a lot of trash around, but you just walked around with your bag and if you found some trash you picked it up.  Most of the time we would just get some stuff out of the trash and place it in our bags.  This was for when someone came around to see what we were doing.

At any rate, one would think that wouldn’t be too difficult right?  Well, for a man who was so big he could hardly bend over to tie his shoes, it was very taxing.  Sometimes in the south it is still hot in October and those fall days were no exception.  By the end of the day my calves were sore from bending over at the waist and I was sweating like a hog.  Not to mention my feet were blistered from the work boots we were issued.  For the most part you just walked around for 2 hours, went to lunch, walked around for another 2 hours and then head back to the dorms.  At the end of the day I was pretty tired.  Because of this, I resolved that I would do something about it.  After all. I had plenty of time on my hands and I needed something to focus on. (more…)

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Everyone will spend some time in the DCU. For the lucky ones it will only a couple of hours. For those like myself it could be up to three weeks before you end up heading to the camp.  Every camp is different when it comes to when you actually get to a camp.  If you are at a facility that does not have an attached medium or high prison you will enter the camp directly.  However, if you have an attached unit you could end up waiting until a bed becomes available.  Just because you have been assigned to the camp does not mean that you will go there automatically.

Once they come to get you to go to the camp you will be asked to gather all your personal belongings and wait to be taken down.  Depending on the distance you will walked out to the parking lot and picked up by the town driver.  From there they will drive you to the camp. It’s not a long ride, but one of the most enjoyable events you will encounter since you were first placed in your cell in the DCU.

Once you arrive at the camp you will be viewed as a spectacle.  You will not be wearing a jumpsuit any longer.  You will turn those in prior to leave the main prison.  You will be given a brown pull-over top and pants.  Once you get the prison; depending on what time they bring you down, you will either do paperwork or go to eat.  Most of the time you will be taken directly to the chow hall and get to experience the difference between the DCU food and the Camp food.  It will seem as if you have moved from a fast-food restaurant to a 5-star dining facility (far from the truth).  Once you have scarfed down a meal you will be whisked away to finish your in-processing. (more…)

I spent 3 months in a Atlanta Federal Prison Camp. It is not something I am proud of obviously but it is a fact and I feel compelled to share with the world the truth about what actually goes on in that environment. Some of you might find pretty shocking.

My crime is of little importance, suffice it to say that it was “White Collar” hence the sentencing to a camp environment but I can tell you that it was not at all what I expected it to be given the preconceived notions that are in existence out there.

As stated in a previous post, the notion of “Club Fed” is a nowhere near true. Despite what you might have read or seen on sixty minutes, there is no place where those convicted of federal crimes go to “Hang Out” in a spa environment, play tennis or work out with weights all day. It simply doesn’t exist. (more…)