Saturday, March 26, 2005

Former Connecticut Governor gets Federal Inmate Number

Rowland Gets Inmate Number, Awaits Prison
March 26, 2005, Associated Press

A week before he is scheduled to report to federal prison, former Gov. John G. Rowland has been designated inmate No. 15623-014.

Rowland, the three-term Republican who pleaded guilty in December to corruption, has been ordered to surrender April 1. A judge recommended Rowland serve his year-and-a-day sentence at the Federal Prison Camp Devens, a minimum security facility on a former Army base about 35 miles west of Boston, but the U.S. Bureau of Prisons will have the final say.

"We haven't received confirmation of either time or location," Rowland's attorney, William F. Dow III, said.Rowland's inmate number designation was posted Friday morning on the U.S. Bureau of Prisons inmate database. It lists him as a 47-year-old white male "in transit" - a designation that simply means he has a reporting date.

The identification numbers are used to track the nearly 200,000 inmates in the federal prison system and the thousands of others who have been released.

Rowland's inmate identification number will stay with him for life.

Rowland pleaded guilty Dec. 23 to a federal conspiracy charge that arose from his receiving $107,000 in gifts and services from businessmen who won hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts and tax breaks from his administration.

He was sentenced March 18 to a year and a day in federal prison, but will be eligible for release after 10 months. After his sentence, he must serve four months of house arrest.

Prison officials try to place inmates within 500 miles of their homes, but that's contingent on finding available beds. Martha Stewart, for instance, requested the prison camp in Danbury but was assigned to West Virginia.

Like nearly every prison facility, Devens is at or near capacity.

Prison spokesman John Colautti said Friday that the camp could accept a few more inmates, though the population changes daily.

The above came from the Hartford Courant website.

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