Monday, June 6, 2005

Lea Fastow Goes to Halfway House

Lea Fastow, wife of former Enron finance exec Andrew Fastow, was released from prison early this a.m. and moved to a halfway house for the remaining one month of her sentence.  For details see AP story here.

According to the AP story she was released at 4:00 A.M. and had to report at 4:15 A.M. to a halfway house several blocks away in Houston.  One has to wonder whether this timing was at the request of her counsel to avoid publicity, or was standard procedure.  If it was standard procedure then it needs to be examined, especially for women who might not have family or friends to meet them upon release.    Check out Myrna Raeder's wonderful article in the Spring 2005 issue of Criminal Justice Magazine titled, "A Primer on Gender Related Issues of Women Offenders"  for a discussion on some of the issues faced by women offenders.

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