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Alderson Federal Prison Camp
Alderson Federal Prison Camp entrance.jpg
Location near Alderson, West Virginia
Status Operational
Security class Minimum (Female)
Capacity 1,050
Opened 1927
The interior of FPC Alderson

Alderson Federal Prison Camp, also known as Federal Prison Camp, Alderson or FPC Alderson, is a federal prison in the United States for minimum-security female inmates in unincorporated Monroe County and Summers County in West Virginia. Both Florence Harding and Eleanor Roosevelt, former and future First Ladies, and Mabel Walker Willebrandt, the Assistant U.S. Attorney General, first encouraged its establishment. The 159 acres (64 ha) facility is the largest employer in the Alderson, West Virginia area.[1]

While there are no metal fences surrounding the camp, prisoners have schedules and must work. Free time is spent playing volleyball, softball, or tennis. Most of the inmates at FPC Alderson have been convicted of non-violent or white-collar crime. They sleep in bunk beds in dormitories or in cottages.

The prison is nicknamed "Camp Cupcake" by most residents and the media.[2] Local residents have also referred to it as "the college campus."[3] It was called "Yale" by one-time attendee Martha Stewart.[4]

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History

FPC Alderson, which opened in 1927, was the first federal women's prison in the United States.[5] It during a reform movement in the 1920s. The prison opened to help reform female offenders.[6]

The prison

The prison is located in two West Virginia counties, near the town of Alderson. A portion of the prison is located in unincorporated Monroe County, while the other portion of the prison, including the dormitories, lies in unincorporated Summers County.[7][8] Four other area towns, Hinton, Lewisburg, Ronceverte, and White Sulphur Springs are within commuting distance to FPC Alderson.[9] The prison camp has a population of around 1,050.[7] The prison is 270 miles (430 km) southwest of Washington, DC.[10]

John Benish, the co-manager of the Alderson Hospitality House, a hospitality establishment where families of Alderson inmates stay, said that FPC Alderson is "built like a college campus. There is lot of property, a lot of greenery and there is no barbed wire around." The Alderson facility includes one dormitory with 500 inmates and several small cottages holding other inmates. Inmates live in two person cubicles instead of traditional barred prison cells.[11]

Notable inmates

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Welcome to Alderson; Stewart began her 5 months before dawn at W.Va. prison." The Washington Times. October 9, 2004. Retrieved on January 5, 2010.
  2. ^ Thompson, Anne. "Ultimate planner set to lose control of her life" NBC News, 7 October 2004, retrieved on 25 April 2009.
  3. ^ "Ultimate planner set to lose control of her life." MSNBC. Thursday October 7, 2004. Retrieved on January 5, 2010.
  4. ^ a b de Vries, Lloyd. "How Martha Coped At 'Yale'" CBS News, 20 September 2005, retrieved on 25 April 2009.
  5. ^ Keller, Julia. "It's a gosh-darned good thing: Stewart heads to West Virginia." Chicago Tribune. October 1, 2004. Tempo 1. Retrieved on January 5, 2010.
  6. ^ Marks, Alexandra (2004-10-08). "The prison that Martha Stewart will call home". The Christian Science Monitor. http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/1008/p01s01-usju.html. Retrieved 2008-07-24.  
  7. ^ a b "Martha's Prison Thanksgiving." The Cincinnati Post. November 24, 2004. Retrieved on January 5, 2010. "Mullins said the prison dormitories are in Summers County."
  8. ^ "FPC Alderson Contact Information." Federal Bureau of Prisons. Retrieved on January 5, 2010.
  9. ^ "FPC Alderson." Federal Bureau of Prisons. Retrieved on January 5, 2010.
  10. ^ "Martha Stewart Begins Service of Sentence." Federal Bureau of Prisons. October 8, 2004. Retrieved on January 5, 2010.
  11. ^ Meier, Barry. "Martha Stewart Assigned to Prison in West Virginia." The New York Times. September 30, 2004. Retrieved on January 5, 2010.
  12. ^ "Sara Jane Moore Flees, Is Caught." Los Angeles Times. February 6, 1979. B1. 3 pages. Section Part I. Retrieved on January 5, 2010.
  13. ^ Stern, Remy. "The Martha Stewart Visitors Guide." New York Magazine. May 21, 2005. Retrieved on January 5, 2010.
  14. ^ "Esther Elizabet Reed." [sic] Federal Bureau of Prisons. Retrieved on January 10, 2010.

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