Conrad Black 'Serene' as He Makes Federal Jail Home
Black still insists he is innocent of all charges and will continue to fight them while behind bars. However, he'll have to find the time in between daily head counts, mandatory employment or mealtimes.
Conrad Black has left his Palm Beach mansion, starting a four-hour journey that will end at the Coleman-Low Federal Correction Complex and a 6-1/2 year sentence for fraud and obstruction of justice.
The facility's Inmate Information Handbook, obtained by the National Post, provides an insight into a bleak and rigid daily prison life that is gruelling in its repetitiveness and fraught with risk.
Lord Black says he is prepared to continue to "fight the good cause" and conceded to National Post reporter Theresa Tedesco that although the prospect of going to jail "is not great, it's not the end of the world."The former newspaper baron, noted historian and British peer was determined to have the last word, writing in the National Post today:
"It is a terrible thing to be falsely accused, and wrongly convicted, even of a fraction of the original charges, and unjustly incarcerated. For persisting in seeking the recognition of my innocence of these charges, I have been portrayed as defiant, or at least in denial. I defy and deny unjust charges, not the practical difficulties I have faced for the last four years and am facing now."
The Financial Post has correspondents writing to them from inside the
jail that Black will be calling home for the next six-plus years.
As one of Lord Black's soon-to-be fellow inmates, Roger Grace, has described in written correspondences with the Post, "Coleman-Low is one of the better [prisons,] but make no mistake -- at any time, anything can go wrong."
Another correspondent, Roddrick McDonald, describes as torture the low-security facility's ceaseless routine: "I can say every single day is a state of redundancy. Staff is not ordering people around. They have set the basic general rules and they make sure we follow them. If not followed, you receive an incident report and one loses privileges. Or may go to lock up."