Barbara Walters and Pleasanton Books & Movies, posted by Laurene, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Feb 23, 2009 at 3:54 pm
Barbara Walters has a new memoir, Audition, and on page 476 she writes, "...when the court sent him (Michael Milken) to a minimum-security work camp in Pleasanton, California, in 1991...If you have to go to prison, Pleasanton isn't the worst place to be."
We have a minimum-security work camp? I don't mean school, kids.
Posted by P-Town Mauler, a resident of the Del Prado neighborhood, on Feb 24, 2009 at 3:43 pm
It's the same facility Patty Hearst did her time at...it is like a country club, in a relative way, to other prisons. I used to be part of a church basketball team which would go out to the prison to play the men's team there on Saturday's. It was a pretty nice place for a prision. BUT, IT IS STILL A PRISON.
Posted by mac, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Apr 10, 2009 at 12:15 am
Kelly, Actually they do, in some cases (including this one) go hand in hand. It is well documented and understood that when politicians, celebrities and other hotshots get sentenced that they rarely if ever go to a 'real' prison. The comparison to a country club is aperpo if you were to really consider the environment, treatment and perks. Heck, John Wayne Gacy, though in a real prison, had country club privileges!
For those of you who don't like these topics...give it a try to hit the back button and try another subject. It's YOUR choice what you read and respond to.
Posted by cellmate, a resident of the Stoneridge Park neighborhood, on May 2, 2009 at 7:48 am
I was with Michael in '91 - '92 at the men's prison camp in Camp Parks which was across the street from Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Pleasanton (renamed to FCI Dublin in 1991) and Federal Detention Center (FDC) Dublin. Alameda Co. Santa Rita Jail is about a mile East from the federal facilities. I played bridge with Mike a few times. The men's prison camp was no country club. Admittedly, there were no fences and security was minimal but in a way it made doing time more difficult.
Posted by 80's small timer, a resident of another community, on Jan 6, 2012 at 8:31 pm
I did a year at fci pleasanton back in the '80's and that was the 1st and last time for me in prison, thank God. But I also thank God that the time I was sentenced to was at that institution. Compared to state prison, fed time was comparable to a country club. No guns, no gangs (at that time at least), no bars. Say what you will but sometimes just the fact that you are locked up with no control of your life is enough to change a persons behavior. I know I am an anomaly perhaps, but I'm grateful that my sentence was to be served there other than elsewhere (driving past the Santa Rita jail scared the crap out of me and I was relieved when the feds pulled into the fci.)