I wanted to let you all know that at long, long last, I have completed my 18-month prison sentence of custodial care under the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). In summary, 12 1/2 of the 18 months were spent at the Federal Correctional Complex (FCC) Victorville (FCCVV) in Adelanto, CA; 2 months were spent in solitary confinement at the San Bernardino Special Housing Unit (SHU) for something that I didn’t do but was blamed for by FCCVV staff, and the last 3 1/2 months were spent at the BOP halfway house (HH) in Greenville, S.C.
With the BOP finally and forever behind me, I was released from the Greenville HH on April 12, 2017 to S.C. from where I am writing you this blog. While still at the FCCVV, I had my HH switched from San Diego to Greenville for several reasons. While serving my halfway house time I adhered to the program statement and had a job offer, was going to school full time, had a landline installed in the home and had supportive family. I thought that by meeting the criteria to be sent to home detention that I would. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen and I was intentionally retained at the Greenville HH for the full 3 1/2 months.
Regardless, as of April 12, I began my 3 years of supervised release (SR) under the US Probation Office (USPO) and am looking forward to landing a good job and again becoming a productive member of society. That being said, I am in the process of filing the USPO paperwork to move my SR back to SoCal and am looking forward to being back in my own home in Carlsbad, hopefully by this June/July. Needless to say, I have wanted to thank each and every one of you for supporting me during this extremely trying time – and clearly THE WORST one of my life.
In short, the FCCVV was a horrible and degrading experience with daily sexual harassment; inept, and dysfunctional officers in your face every day and who routinely violated their own regulations; terrible and near spoiled food with minimal time to eat; marginal medical care; constant round-the-clock counts that prevented sleep; desolate surroundings; and two very sad holiday seasons spent away from my family. This aside from the Women’s Camp being right smack next to the men’s Federal Pen and two men’s medium facilities where inmate killings and bombings routinely occurred – several of which happened while I was there.
However, the FCCVV paled by a universe compared with my experiencing solitary confinement at the San Bernardino SHU, known as one of the worst SHU’s in the country. I was angrily sent there by FCCVV staff because of a retracted blog I wrote called “FCC Victorville – War Zone” that described a prior bombing in the Pen that injured 12 guards, the stabbing of the FCII warden and his captain during a lunch in the very building that I worked in, and then the women being left alone all over the FCC but charged with getting back to our CAMP when the guards responded to the stabbing. It was reviewed several times by the FCC staff and finally released by them for publication to my federal prison consultants site Etika LLC. Only after it was allowably published on said site did they lower the boom on me, stated that I sustained a very serious Level 1 shot, that I threatened the FCC staff and security, that they (DHO) then withdrew the shot and cleared it from their system, but decided to toss me into the SHU for 2 months nonetheless!! In the SHU, I was down in a dungeon-like level jail cell for 23 hours a day, had one hour out where I tried to walk to get some cardio, didn’t see the sun for 2 months, was physically threatened by some bad female cons in the general population, and of course, the food was horrible. I truly didn’t think I was going to make it out of there and memories of it still haunt my dreams and probably always will.
The HH was another absolute BOP malady and was run by a woman that took an immediate dislike to me. She made my life there hell, delayed/wouldn’t process any paperwork for me, and yet allowed the 40 male inmates there to routinely drink alcohol and smoke weed against BOP policy and somehow fudged their urine test results that we all had to adhere to. I will be writing further about my experiences and list the questions one needs to ask themselves when being offered halfway house time.
So in a nutshell, that is what I have endured for the last 18 months and the extreme incompetency of our government’s penal system regarding incarceration and treatment female white collar offenders (FWCO’s) was appalling and on full display. So to forever challenge and countermand their dysfunctional system and treatment of FWCO’s, I’m currently finishing up my book and hope to have it on Amazon within 3-6 months. Aside from serving as an everything-CAMP guide, it will also describe everything that I have experienced from the complete prosecutorial fabrication and false accusations associated with my plea bargain up through the job challenges that I am and will forever face as a lifelong and designated federal felon. I’m also lining up some spots to tell my story. And I’m offering to help other women and their families who are facing imminent federal incarceration. As well as speaking to corporations and with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies in an effort to educate high-risk, would-be offenders about the little known traps associated with white collar economic crime in the workplace.
It is my hope that both I and my example and story will serve as a phoenix of sorts to rise above the failures of the current antiquated FWCO system and make a future difference in the lives of others.
Thank you all again for your support. I really couldn’t have gotten through this without You!!!
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