Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart has called for the US government to reform the prison system in her Christmas message.
The disgraced entrepreneur is currently over two months into a five-month jail term at West Virginia’s Alderson Federal Prison Camp for lying to investigators about a suspicious stock sale.
On her official Web site, Stewart writes: “When one is incarcerated with 1,200 other inmates, it is hard to be selfish at Christmas–hard to think of Christmases past and Christmases future–that I know will be as they always were for me–beautiful!
“So many of the women here in Alderson will never have the joy and well being that you and I experience. Many of them have been here for years–devoid of care, devoid of love, devoid of family.
“I beseech you all to think about these women–to encourage the American people to ask for reforms, both in sentencing guidelines, in length of incarceration for non-violent first-time offenders, and for those involved in drug taking.
“They would be much better served in a true rehabilitation center than in prison where there is no real help, no real programs to rehabilitate, no programs to educate, no way to be prepared for life ‘out there’ where each person will ultimately find herself, many with no skills and no preparation for living.”
Stewart reassured fans, “I am fine, really,” and says she has been keeping bust by cleaning the prison.
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