Earlier this week, former Rep. Corrine Brown, who was convicted on corruption charges, arrived at the federal prison in Sumter County, Florida, in a limousine-style minibus.
The Orlando Sentinel reported that Brown, who is about to serve a five-year sentence, had her family with her when she arrived.
“I saw emotion. I didn’t see nervousness or fear,” said Bishop Kelvin Cobaris, Brown’s spiritual adviser. “She was just ready to go and face what she needed to face.”
Back in May, Brown was found guilty of corruption for setting up a fake charity called One Door for Education. The charity was supposed to be raising funds for poor students to go to school, but instead, she used it for Bahama vacations and a Beyoncé concert.
U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan called the crime one of “entitlement and greed committed to ensure a lifestyle that was beyond their means.”
‘A rough road ahead of her’
But despite Brown’s fairly glamorous entrance, Larry Levine, director of Wall Street Prison Consultants believes that the rest of her stay will not be so pleasant.
“I was locked up with politicians — they have entitlement issues; they think they’re entitled to things, and people resent that,” Levine, who served time for racketeering and trafficking narcotics, said. “They’re going to think she’s rich — she can claim she doesn’t have any money.”
He added that Brown, who will likely do janitorial work during her prison term, would have to deal with the other female inmates’ perception of her.
“When they get high-profile inmates like her, they like to treat them like [expletive],” he said. “Seriously, she’s got a rough road ahead of her.”
While Brown is appealing her conviction, a judge denied her request to remain free on bond during the appeal. However, she could get out early on good behavior after she has served four years and three months of her sentence.