Martha Stewart To Serve Sentence At W. Virginia Prison
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A cell in the Alderson Federal Prison Camp is seen in this photo provided by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Martha Stewart will serve a five-month sentence for lying to federal investigators at the minimum security facility. 
By Anne Thompson Chief environmental correspondent
NBC News
updated 10/7/2004 12:00:42 PM ET 2004-10-07T16:00:42

The media call it "Camp Cupcake," the locals call it "the college campus," but it's unlikely Martha Stewart will ever call it home. 

The Federal Prison Camp in Alderson, W. Va., is where the 63-year-old will spend the next five months.

It is a world away from her A-list, red-carpet life. Secluded, remote, on 95 acres in the rolling hills, it will feature someone else telling Stewart how to live.

This task-oriented perfectionist will, in the words of a former inmate, lose the details of her life.

Just like every other inmate
The process will begin as soon as Stewart voluntarily surrenders on Friday. Just like every other inmate at the minimum security facility, Stewart will be fingerprinted, photographed, and strip searched.

She will have to give a urine sample in front of the guards. She will be issued a prison uniform and black steel toed boots. She will be given bedding -- a pillow, sheets, a blanket and towels. She will be assigned a bed in one of the dorm-like facilities.

Steve Helber  /  AP
Work trucks surround the new domitory under construction at the Alderson Federal Prision Camp in Alderson, W.Va. on Wednesday. Martha Stewart is due to report to the prison by 2 p.m. on Friday, October 8.

She will be interviewed by a case manager. And then she will be sent to what's called "A and O."  That's "Admission and Orientation," a two-week program to acquaint Stewart with the rules and regulations of Alderson.
Work will be part of Stewart's sentence. Everyone at Alderson has a job and prison officials say most inmates initially work in the food service area. But there are also jobs in the prison office, maintaining the prison grounds, and of course, sanitation. 

Joyce Shepard Noble, a former guard said if you have a skill, they try to match your talents to your job.

Noble reported that on her watch, Sara Jane Moore, who tried to assassinate President Gerald Ford, liked to type. Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, also did time at Alderson for trying to assassinate Ford, was an outdoors-type, according to Noble, preferring to work on the grounds.

Will have to trust golden locks to inmate barber
If you've read Stewart's magazine, you know she is a planner, but now her day will follow the same routine.

It's like clockwork: Up at 6 a.m., at work by 7:30 a.m., lunch is at 11:30 a.m. The workday ends at 3:45 p.m.. Dinner is served at 4 p.m. and then there are activities including educational classes and religious services.

Stewart will be able to watch television but only in common areas. However, she can have a Walkman-like radio at her bed. Those radios can be purchased in the commissary.

On the outside, Stewart's golden locks are tended to by famed stylist Frederick Fekkai.  But inside, she will only have the services of the inmate barbershop.

Cash will still have its benefits
But just like on the outside, inside money matters. Stewart can bring cash with her -- along with prescription eyeglasses and earrings less than a hundred bucks when she goes in.

Her cash will be held in a trust fund account from which she can spend $290 a month. Besides the radio, she can buy toiletries, stamps and snacks at the commissary.

Former inmate Carol Richardson who served nine months for civil disobedience said the best thing Stewart can do to endure her sentence is to be kind and not think of herself as above her fellow inmates.  

And Richardson also suggested Stewart keeps a "countdown calendar" as she did. Marking off each day was important, Richardson said, because she needed hope and Stewart will too.

Anne Thompson is an NBC News Correspondent.


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