What is it like to serve time inside of a Federal Prison Camp?
That’s a good question. In my work as a prison consultant, clients frequently ask me about a federal prison camp. They want me to help them understand what it would be like to serve time inside of a federal prison camp. White-collar offenders who retain me as a prison consultant do not have any experience with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). When they hear different terms such as:
- Federal Prison Camp (FPC)
- Satellite Prison Camp (SPC)
- Satellite Low Security Federal Prison
- Low Security Federal Prison
They are confused. I understand. I serve as a federal prison consultant because I have an unmatched depth and breadth of experience in federal prison. I served 26 years in federal prisons of every security level. In 1987, I began inside of high security United States Penitentiaries. Then I transferred to federal prisons of medium security. Later, I transferred to low-security federal prisons. I served the final decade of my sentence in the following insitutions:
- Florence Satellite Prison Camp
- Lompoc Federal Prison Camp
- Taft Federal Prison Camp
- Atwater Federal Prison Camp
When prison consulting clients ask questions about the differences between security levels in federal prison, and especially the differences about federal prison camps, I have an abundance to share. In fact, I’ve written several books that describe the Bureau of Prisons, the people it holds, and strategies for mastering federal prison. Answering a question about what it’s like to serve time inside of a federal prison camp is equivalent to answer the question of what it’s like to live in China.
Federal prison camps differ from secure institutions within the Bureau of Prisons. Yet serving time in one federal prison camp will not be the same as serving time in another federal prison camp. Most of the clients who retain me for prison consulting services obsess over the issue of whether a fence surrounds the federal prison camp. The answer is that some federal prison camps have fences, but some do not.
A successful journey through federal prison—whether it’s a federal prison camp or a secure federal prison—isn’t contingent on fences or security levels. It’s contingent on proper preparation. As a prison consultant, I prepare my clients for success regardless of where the Bureau of Prisons requires them to serve their term. At PrisonProfessor.com, I offer guides to help. On MichaelSantos.com, I offer daily podcasts. Those who contact me will find a prison consultant with an unmatched depth and breadth of experience in prison consulting.
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