Prison Pete

Tuesday, November 02, 2004
  Martha, Martha, Martha.
Yes, Martha is in West Virginia.

While I do not know if it was ever suggested in the press, those of us that have been inside the system for any length of time know the BOP does not encourage the full use of the judicial system. One of the reasons Martha ended up in WV is the fact that she went to trial. It is not unusual to find inmates miles from home based on the fact that instead of pleading guilty, they "caused" the government to spend dollars and have a trial.

Also, there is the issue of fairness. If they gave any special consideration to Martha, the league of jailhouse lawyers would be filling relocation request by the carton full.

While the thought of "poor" Martha undergoing strip searches is not something I wish on anyone, the point is that the number of Federal inmates who leave the prison system and not only have a choice of which house to settle in, but also are considering additional real estate purchases, are very few indeed.

So while it may be a long five months for Martha, it is still not near the traumatic and life-altering experience the average inmate goes through.
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