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  • You wake up peacefully and begin your day without looking at social media.

  • Instead, it's straight to the gym to do your daily workout.

  • After that, you'll probably just spend the day reading and meditating.

  • No, we're not describing a personal development retreat.

  • We're talking about a day in a cushy, low-security prison in the United States.

  • That's right.

  • Another day, another prison video from the Infographics Show.

  • You didn't really think we were finished talking about life behind bars, did you?

  • But this time, you're not just another Tom, Dick, or Harry whose tragic turn of events

  • in life led to them being locked away in a dangerous prison.

  • Nope, now you're an A-list prisoner convicted for a white-collar crime.

  • That's the name given to the non-violent crimes typically committed by the middle classes

  • and other powerful individuals.

  • In this case, you might be able to skip the orange overalls and the regimented daily routines/

  • But don't look too eager for your social media detox.

  • Being rich and famous is no guarantee that you'll have it easy on the inside.

  • You'll still need to eat gross food, work for a few cents an hour, and get by with minimum

  • contact with your loved ones.

  • But it does mean you'll have the resources to pay for a private prison consultant to

  • help you fit in and keep your affairs in order whilst you're away.

  • If you don't know what a prison consultant is, you're either not middle class enough

  • or not enough of a criminal.

  • Prison consultants help their clients to blend into prisons and avoid getting into trouble.

  • Presumably, they offer stellar advice such as not dropping the soap.

  • Sorry, we had to make that joke once, and you know it.

  • Some of these consultants for the incarcerated ask for six-figure salaries.

  • Let's see how big celebrities like Bill Cosby, Robert Downey Junior and Paris Hilton

  • have fared in prison.

  • Martha Stewart was a celebrity cook and domestic goddess.

  • A businesswoman, a television personality, a writerall the usual jazz.

  • But she's now also very well known for being found guilty of insider trading.

  • Basically, she lied about the price of a stock.

  • And if that's not a shining example of white-collar crime, then I don't know what is.

  • Stewart was sent to the Federal Prison Camp in Alderson, Western Virginia for five months,

  • a minimum-security prison camp.

  • As things go, she got a pretty good deal.

  • Federal prison camps are where people who've been convicted for their first nonviolent

  • crime get sent.

  • They have the best on-site amenities and facilities.

  • With classes in yoga, fitness, aerobics, cosmetology, and stress relief, Alderson was no exception.

  • Built in 1928, Alderson was the first federal prison for women in the US.

  • The 159-acre minimum security grounds near Greenbrier State Forest contain cottages and

  • unfenced grounds and the place follows principles of reformation.

  • The jazz singer Billie Holiday was also a past inmate after getting arrested for drug

  • possession.

  • After the morning count, inmates are free to wander the vast grounds as long as they

  • sign out properly and return by 4 pm.

  • Alternatively, they might choose to visit the television room, library, chapel, or education

  • building, where they can pursue various apprenticeship programs.

  • The security in the institution is so low that one prisoner, Lynette Fromme, escaped.

  • By the looks of things, Martha's time in Alderson was a breeze.

  • She started yoga classes, which is possibly the most white-collar thing ever.

  • And when she wasn't practicing her downward dog, she was replying to emails from her fans

  • she received 15,000 of them in her first month alone.

  • It must have been a tough way to pass the time.

  • But although her time there sounds cushy on paper, Stewart herself said that she found

  • the experience horrifying and disturbing.

  • Although it was a minimum-security prison, she still had to deal with guards and take

  • part in hard labor.

  • Now for a prison that is possibly even posher than Alderson.

  • You might have heard of Felicity Huffman.

  • The actress became infamous in 2019 after paying a scammer to do some funny business

  • and help her daughter get into a prestigious college.

  • As a result, she was sent to prison.

  • The prison in question was the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, another institution

  • viewed by many as being a cushy option.

  • Located in the Bay Area of California, it's known as Chateau Dublin.

  • And you're about to find out why.

  • If you thought yoga classes were extra, you haven't heard anything yet.

  • Chateau Dublin contains gardens, tennis courts, knitting classes, and meditation courses.

  • Inmates can wander around as they like, wear what they want, and they even have plenty

  • of choice over what food they can order.

  • In the private rooms of the inmates, they have access to television and internet access.

  • Are we the only ones feeling cheated for slumming it when we could be living rent-free in a

  • luxurious prison?

  • The cushy reputation of the place is so extreme that a warden who works there had to point

  • out that it isn't, in fact, a resort and prisoners go there to be punished.

  • But honestly, the fact he even had to say that just makes me more suspicious.

  • When it comes to rich and powerful prisoners, you'd struggle to find someone with more

  • status than a previous lawyer to the president.

  • Michael Cohen was arrested in late 2018 after being found guilty of tax evasion, making

  • false financial statements, and violations of campaign finance.

  • But Cohen saw the silver lining of the situation, claiming he'd already been living in personal

  • and mental incarceration by working under Trump, so prison would bring back his freedom.

  • That's quite the dig.

  • He was placed in FCI Otisville near New York City, which is often viewed as a preferable

  • prison for white-collar crimes.

  • Forbes named it one of America's cushiest prisons back in 2009.

  • Bernard Madoff specifically requested to be sent there after he admitted to running a

  • criminal Ponzi scheme, but his request was sadly rejected.

  • The medium-security institution is made up of two parts: a detention center with stricter

  • rules, and a satellite camp where life is good.

  • Cohen was in the satellite camp.

  • To make sure the men there don't get bored, there's a wide range of recreational activities

  • and sports to take part in.

  • These include horseshoes, weights, bocce ball, a basketball court, a handball court, a tennis

  • area, and a baseball field.

  • From the sounds of things, Cohen had the time of his life there.

  • His attorney said he got a tan, lost more than 30 pounds, was able to destress, and

  • even started writing a book.

  • He also got a nice job repairing fire hydrants, which was probably a lot less stressful than

  • covering up the scandals of the President, and made plenty of friends.

  • Turns out lots of the inmates were looking for some good legal advice and were also curious

  • to know about Cohen's experiences involving Trump and Stormy Daniels.

  • He got the nickname Mr. Mayor in prison and was treated by many as a celebrity.

  • But no discussion of luxurious prisons would be complete without Ford Dix, a low-security

  • federal prison often known as 'Club Fed' and one of the most famous white-collar prisons.

  • Past inmates include Real Housewives of New Jersey cast member Joe Giudice and Martin

  • Shkreli, who was arrested for the multimillion-dollar fraud involving hiking the price of an AIDS

  • drug.

  • The low-security federal prison contains 4,000 inmates, who they trust to show responsibility.

  • That means no bars, no towers, and no locks on rooms in community units.

  • Just like Cohen's prison, FCI Otisville, there are plenty of sporting facilities on

  • offer.

  • Gym equipment, racquetball courts, volleyball, bocce ball lanes, pool tables, you name it.

  • Oh, and you can also take part in hobby crafts or go to the music room.

  • Seriously though, what is it with the bocce ball?

  • Since when did anyone under the age of seventy play this and why is it seemingly the sport

  • of choice in male prisons?

  • As far as celebrities go, being the world's highest-paid actor at one point in time is

  • a pretty big flex.

  • How would someone as famous as Bill Cosby fair in prison?

  • Cosby was arrested for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman.

  • Obviously, this is a pretty serious crime, so the cushy minimum-security institutions

  • weren't going to cut it.

  • Instead, he was sent to the Phoenix State Correctional Institution in Pennsylvania in

  • 2018 – maximum-security prison.

  • But still, they wouldn't just put him in any old maximum-security prison.

  • The place Cosby was sent to is known as being the newest and most expensive prison in Pennsylvania

  • in fact, some call it state-of-the art.

  • But don't get excited thinking this state-of-the-art prison is full of thought-provoking murals

  • or cutting-edge architectural structures.

  • Not quite.

  • You'll find barbed wire fences, walkways, and exercise yards.

  • As a bonus, Cosby was given the privilege of a private cell adjacent to the infirmary

  • the few cells like this are usually reserved for those with life sentences.

  • But due to the attention they might attract, celebrities are usually given private rooms

  • and a chance to settle in before they're released to the general population.

  • Cosby's cell included a small metal bed, tiny metal closet, personal metal table, small

  • metal toilet, and a sink made out ofyep, you guessed itmetal.

  • So state-of-the art.

  • The cell was also air-conditioned and he had the chance to buy a radio, tablet, and TV.

  • All in all, it sounds pretty good.

  • There's no evidence of tennis courts or games of bocce here, but there are a few perks.

  • There are educational, vocational, and recreational programs, plus the opportunity to work or

  • go to the gym.

  • Bizarrely, there have been rumors about Cosby getting into fights with other inmates, including

  • one involving someone throwing a chicken patty or banana at his face.

  • However, Cosby's team has denied thisit must be nice to have someone taking care of

  • your PR whilst you're locked away.

  • Anyhow, it now seems like Cosby is having a good time.

  • Apparently, he's made a name for himself by making motivational speeches and has also

  • lost a lot of weight.

  • But now let's take a look at some celebrities who didn't have it so easy, starting with

  • none other than Paris Hilton.

  • Ah, Paris Hilton.

  • She certainly had a wild decade in the noughties, the peak of which saw her

  • sent to jail in 2007 for 23 days after violating the probation for her DUI charge.

  • What happened after that is kind of confusing and a bit of a mess.

  • First, Paris was sent to the Century Regional Detention Facility in Los Angeles.

  • But due to an undisclosed medical condition that was probably mental health-related, she

  • ended up being moved to monitored house arrest instead.

  • For obvious reasons, this looked sort of bad, and the law enforcement didn't want to be

  • seen to go easy on a celebrity.

  • So, Paris was then asked to appear in court and moved back into jail.

  • Madness.

  • And then she ended up only serving half of her sentence anyway because of overcrowding

  • in the prison and her good behavior.

  • Talk about a rollercoaster ride!

  • Many say Paris was made an example of to show that celebrities aren't above the law.

  • So, maybe being a celebrity doesn't always guarantee you a great time in prison.

  • Who knew.

  • But she was able to see the bright side, saying that prison was an experience of self-actualization

  • that helped her to gain more compassion.

  • It also helped her secure plenty of post-jail interviews when she came out, which must have

  • softened the blow.

  • And now for a guy who definitely served his time.

  • He may have put it behind him now, but Robert Downey Junior has a rough history.

  • He was arrested for substance abuse issues in his youth and sent to a Los Angeles jail

  • for 113 days over 1997 and 1998.

  • Because of his sentence, Downey was sent to the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility

  • and State Prison, a minimum to moderate security center found in the middle of the dry Californian

  • desert.

  • He might not have been staying in a particularly tough facility himself, but it was next door

  • to a maximum-security prison that held Charles Manson at the time.

  • In an interview with Vanity Fair, Downing admitted feeling shocked to find out what

  • the prison was like when he arrived in shackles and saw a guard's tower.

  • I'm sure having Vanity Fair turn up regularly to interview him did wonders for his street

  • cred in prison, too.

  • Other cellmates often accused the staff of serving him bigger portions or tried to target

  • him for his wealth, but he tried his best to fit in.

  • He was so committed to just being one of the lads that he offered to sleep in the top bunk!

  • Another celebrity that had it tough is Suge Knight, the music executive and CEO of Death

  • Row Records.

  • Suge had plenty of altercations with the law but was arrested in connection with a hit-and-run

  • death in 2015.

  • As you can imagine, that didn't exactly land him in the best prison in the country.

  • Knight was held in solitary confinement and banned from phone calls and visitors.

  • He claimed law enforcement officers were listening in on his meetings with lawyers.

  • But also, two of the 15 attorneys he hired were witness tampering, so are you surprised?

  • And don't even get me started on why he had that many attorneys in the first place.

  • Knight suffered ongoing health issues whilst he was locked up and blamed prison conditions.

  • His son also claimed that prison staff were mistreating his father and trying to break

  • his spirit.

  • So, did he have it tough, or was he just a handful and trying to cheat his way out of

  • prison?

  • Now go check out our videos on roughing it out in Guantanamo Bay and insane facts about

  • prison.

You wake up peacefully and begin your day without looking at social media.

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