Serving Time at 'Camp Cupcake'?

By Fenster, Jordan | New Haven Register (New Haven, CT), April 4, 2015 | Go to article overview

Serving Time at 'Camp Cupcake'?


Fenster, Jordan, New Haven Register (New Haven, CT)


The two Connecticut politicians most recently convicted of violating federal election laws may serve their time in some of the least-restrictive prisons in the country.

Former congressional candidate Lisa Wilson-Foley, for example, was sentenced this month to a 10-month term, five of which must be spent behind bars. She asked to do that time at the West Virginia detention facility known as "Camp Cupcake."

"FCP Alderson," as it is officially known, has housed its fair share of felonious celebrities. Martha Stewart spent some time there, as did Billie Holiday and Teresa Giudice, who appeared on television's "Real Housewives of New Jersey."

Ex-beauty queen and securities fraudster Danielle Chiesi did her 30 months at Camp Cupcake as well as ex-Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway and Lynette Fromme, who was sentenced to life in prison after she tried to assassinate President Gerald Ford.

Fromme escaped Alderson in 1987 and was recaptured two days later. She was released in 2009.

Last month, Stewart took part in a roast of Justin Bieber, during which she made light of her time at Alderson.

When Wilson-Foley reports to prison on July 1, she'll be assigned a room with one roommate, a bunk bed, a chair and a desk, with the freedom to roam the 100-plus-acre grounds nestled in the Alleghenys when she's not working.

FPC Alderson is the temporary home to about 1,200 inmates with a staff of approximately 180. According to the 83-page "orientation handbook" produced for inmates by the Bureau of Prisons, the facility "was opened in 1927 and has a historic significance as the first federal institution solely for the incarceration of female offenders."

"It has always been the mission of FPC Alderson to provide opportunities through work, education, recreation, and other self- improvement programs to help you prepare for a successful return to the community," the handbook says. "It is your responsibility to contribute to a positive atmosphere and to abide by the rules and regulations of the institution. You are encouraged to use your time at FPC Alderson as an opportunity to prepare for a better tomorrow."

Wilson-Foley was sentenced after pleading guilty to charges that she sought to hide services provided to her campaign by former Gov. …

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