Self-Surrendering to Federal Prison Camp

By · Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Reporting to a federal prison camp can bring anxiety to an individual and to family members. Those convicted of white collar crimes or minor drug offenses usually serve time in federal prison camps. Yet if they do not have previous experience with the criminal justice system, people are susceptible to frightening, though misleading influences from shows like Prison Break, Lockdown, and other popular television series depicting prison.

My imprisonment began in 1987, and I have served time in prisons of every security level. Since 2003 I have been confined in federal prison camps, including the camps in Florence, Colorado; Lompoc, California; and Taft, California. I have published extensively about my experiences and about what I have learned from others. My hopes have always been to empower others who are struggling with adversity.

My topical report series titled Understanding Prison, available on, offers several articles to help individuals understand prison. That series will be especially helpful to those who are about to start serving sentences in minimum-security camps, to family members, and to those who aspire to minimize problems while serving a prison term.

The more information an individual has about the challenges presented by a prison term, the better prepared the individual will be to navigate those challenges successfully. Those who do not take time to learn about the prison system are at a disadvantage when they begin serving their terms. Empowerment comes with knowledge, and I urge those confronting a prison term to learn from observations I have made over the past 21 years.

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