This site is written by a 39-year-old male who; like everyone else, has made some mistakes in my life.  Unfortunately the mistakes I made at a previous job has affected my life a way that I would wish upon no one.

In May 2008 I was terminated from a position with a government contractor who had made accusations of inaccuracies in work that I had performed.  While my work did have strict requirements and all the work I did was correct; I stated that I had received information from sources/locations other than what I had stated.  This prompted a huge change in my life.

I found a new job shortly after and was well on my way to getting my life back in order.  However, I always had in the back of my mind that something was wrong.  Well four years after the fact I was faced with criminal prosecution for “making a false statement” by the Federal Government.  Needless to say the downward spiral had begun and now I’m here to write about it.  I entered a guilty plea of guilty and was sentenced to a very short sentence of 3 months incarceration at the Atlanta Federal Prison Camp followed by one year home confinement.

I am now a convicted felon and “labeled” for life.  All for taking short-cuts to help in creating a stream-lined process ensuring the work I was doing was done in a cost-effective way.

I’m not here to make excuses for what I have done.  Nor am I here to try and place the blame on anyone else but myself.  I am responsible for my actions and accept that willingly.  I am here however to give insight into what life was like in a Federal Prison Camp.

Life will never be the same for me or for many others as they may have to experience all the things I have been through over the last 11 months.

I am open to answer any questions that anyone may have about my time at the Federal Prison Camp.  Please remember all Federal Prison Camps are different; despite the fact that they are supposed to abide by the same rules.  I can only speak to my own experiences and those that I have been told of.  If you have any topics that you would like for me to write about that I have not done so already, please let me know.  Just leave me a comment on one of my posts and I will respond.

Please understand that this website is not designed to offer legal advice of any kind and any comments proffered are merely my opinion, and not intended to be legal advice of any kind.  I have no desire to do any more prison time.

  1. Vickie says:

    Great articles! Thanks for writing. Would you mind if I put a link to your information on my website realestatesavant.wordpress.com so others know where to go for this kind of information? Writing is healing. I hope it is healing for you too!

    • bmarch1373 says:

      Vickie, thank you so much for reading my blog. You are correct, writing is very healing and something I enjoy doing.

      Please feel free to share my blog with others. I know this time away from your son is very difficult but I know many if the guys there still and be will be taken care of.

      Thank you again for reading my blog.

      • If you are on Suboxone from substance abuse will they give you this is camp?

      • Bryan says:

        Once you are processed in all inmates medical records and history are reviewed. All medications you are given will be determined by the Federal Prison Medical Staff. They may or may not give you the same prescription you were on prior to being admitted. Basically all your medical decisions will be at the request of the prison medical staff. Depending on the condition you may see a doctor outside the facility, but only on extreme cases that can not be handled by the prison staff.

        Hopefully this helps.

  2. Anonymous says:

    just got home in october was there in camp last summer and fall, glad I missed the lockdowns, whew

  3. Matt says:

    I got 51 months for securities fraud, do you have any idea how long I will actually be at the camp? My lawyer was useless hence why I am going to prison to begin with.

    • Bryan says:

      The time you spend at the camp will depend on some factors. First, in the federal program there is no such thing as parole so in theory you will serve your entire 51 months. However, if you have qualify for RDAP (Residential Drug Abuse Program). You have to be accepted into this program and you will be relocated to a RDAP facility. This can get you up to a year off your sentence. In order to qualify you must have documented Drug Abuse in the 12 months prior to your sentencing in your Pre-Sentence Investigation (PSI) and be recommended by your case manager. My understanding is that it is not an easy program to get into but you can definitely try.

      There is a Non-Residential program as well, however it is my understanding that you won’t get time off for this program. I may be wrong, but it is something you can talk to your case manager about. As far as “good time” is concerned you earn 54 days for every year you serve. So that would give you approximately 229 days off your sentence.

      Just remember none of this is a guarantee and I am not an expert in this. Since my sentence was so short there was no such thing as good time. All good time is under the premise that you do not get any write-ups. If you get caught with cigarettes, cell phone, or other contraband or get into a fight they will take good time away from you (not to mention commissary and visitation privileges).

      That’s the best I can give you. I’m no expert, but this is my understanding. Like I said it all varies depending on circumstances, your case manager, the facility you are at, and of course you.

  4. Vickie says:

    There is also the 2nd Chance Act where you can get RRC (Residential Re-Entry Program/Halfway House) and home detention. Jail Time Consulting (See internet) worked with my son on this.

    • Bryan says:

      Very true! However, in order to be eligible for RRC you have to be one year left on your sentence. My understanding of RRC is you can get a maximum of 6 months Halfway House and 6 months Home Confinement (there are statutes that limit the amount of time they can give you). They can also give you less. But you are correct, this is something that is available.

  5. What about diversion programs, alternative sentencing or alternatives to prison like http://Criminalrehabilitation.com

    • Bryan says:

      Diversion programs are great! However they are not for everyone (unless they are mandated by the court). The website you provided is great and has some wonderful information for many out there! Thank you for you input!

  6. Josephine says:

    I would love to use your blog a source in a paper I’m writing about USP Atlanta, is that ok?

  7. Sadity says:

    Thank you so Much for this wordpress. So my Boyfriend just got excepted into the RDAP program. Yesterday while i was there. We were playing n cuddling. I had my hand over his crouch BUT NOT BEING SEXUAL! The CO called him over and told him the visit was over. So i left and they wrote him up. (Not sure what the actual write up states but im sure it has to do with inappropriate contact) I was able to come back and visit the next day, but now we are both worried about whats going to happen next. Will he be kicked out the program and lose his good time? Will they Just take away his visits.. How bad is this for him?

    • Life in a Federal Prison Camp says:

      Sadity, the punishment really depends on the way the write-up is written and the staff there. In some cases he may lose his visitation, but I very much doubt that he will lose his place in RDAP. However, it all depends on his counselor and the person who runs the RDAP. They may delay his acceptance or just assign him extra duty. I don’t think it will be anything bad as long as he doesn’t have many other write-ups. I’m sorry this happened to you and your boyfriend. CO’s can be very finicky. You just never know how they are gong to react to individual situations. Some times they let you get away with things and other times they will be all over you. Good Luck and than you for reading my blog!

  8. Anonymous says:

    I was also sentenced to 3 months. Do you recall the number of days or actual weeks? Would it be 90 days or 12 weeks? Thank you!

    • Life in a Federal Prison Camp says:

      Your sentence will run 90 days consecutively. My case I only served 89 days because my release date fell on a holiday. Once you arrive and speak to your counselor they will tell you what your expected release date is.

  9. Douglas says:

    I’m just about at that stage where future incarceration is seeping in. Thank you for sharing.

    I have many questions. Reading your experiences really helps one get into the proper mindset.

    How is life these days, nearly four years on?

    • Life in a Federal Prison Camp says:

      I’m glad my writings have helped. Things have gone up and down since my time away. Toughest part was getting a job and being able to support my family. Things have eventually worked out but there were definitely some tough times. Things are looking up! Good luck to you and I hope there bugs work out for you!

  10. jlr says:

    What was your guideline range? I am assuming 0 -6 months level 4 if you plead guilty.
    Did you plead guilty to False Statements 18 USC 1001 charge by criminal information & waive indictment?
    I am facing same type of situation.

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