It may be called Camp Cupcake but in the two-and-half months Martha Stewart has been in the federal women’s prison camp in Alderson, West Virginia, she’s found a few things to complain about.
Stewart, the founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, has been incarcerated in the prison since early October after being sentenced to 10 months for obstructing justice during a government investigation into her late 2001 sale of ImClone System stock.
In a holiday statement issued to supporters on her personal Web site, marthatalks.com, the 63-year-old said she was doing “fine” and went on to spell out the good and bad of living behind bars, including taking a swipe at the food.
“I have had time to think, time to write, time to exercise, time to not eat the bad food, and time to walk and contemplate the future.”
Stewart, who built a billion-dollar business in homemaking, said her official prison jobs have included washing, scrubbing, sweeping, vacuuming, raking leaves, and much more.
After just one week in prison, Martha had described the facility as “an old-fashioned college campus — without the freedom, of course.”
At the time Stewart had to beseech supporters — whom she said have sent hundreds of letters — to stop including gifts and money.
Prison rules apparently bar such deliveries and Stewart noted they would have to be returned to their senders.
In true Martha form, the queen of cookies, cakes and Christmas held her head high, speaking more of the 1,200 other inmates than herself in her December message.