Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.
Jack Abramoff is due to report to prison Nov. 15, and last week, Justice Department prosecutors in Miami, in consultation with Abramoff’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell of Chadbourne & Parke, made a recommendation as to where his new home should be. Their first pick: the Federal Correctional Institute, Cumberland. (The federal prison in Morgantown, W.Va., is the feds’ second choice.) Located in western Maryland, the medium-security Cumberland prison is within driving distance of Washington, allowing federal prosecutors easy access to Abramoff as he continues to squeal about his relationships with a range of congressmen and executive branch officials. Abramoff was sentenced to nearly six years after pleading guilty to fraud charges in Florida this spring, but his sentence for charges in the District is still contingent on his cooperation with the Justice Department. But what to do with the hours in between his meetings with the feds? Abramoff will get the opportunity to burnish his skills as a handyman: Work options include plumbing, electrical, and landscaping details. Additionally, the prison’s vocational program specializes in training inmates in carpentry and blueprint reading, according to FCI Cumberland spokesman Jeff Baney. But Abramoff, who owned D.C. steak and sushi house Signatures during his go-go days as the �berlobbyist, will likely draw kitchen duty, an assignment often given to new prisoners, for much of the prison’s seven-hour workdays. Abramoff “could be doing pots and pans or working the serving line” for starters, says Baney. And he won’t have much privacy. When not working or spending recreation time in the prison yard, inmates spend the duration of their hours in two- and three-person cells. There, Abramoff is likely to get an up-close look at the consequences of the tough federal drug-offense sentencing laws supported by so many of his former friends on Capitol Hill. Far from being a white-collar crook’s haven, Baney says, Cumberland’s 1,100 prisoners are “predominately drug offenders.”
Jason McLure can be contacted at [email protected].

This content has been archived. It is available through our partners, LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law.

To view this content, please continue to their sites.

Not a Lexis Advance® Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Not a Bloomberg Law Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law are third party online distributors of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law customers are able to access and use ALM's content, including content from the National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, Legaltech News, The New York Law Journal, and Corporate Counsel, as well as other sources of legal information.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]

Reprints & Licensing
Mentioned in a Law.com story?

License our industry-leading legal content to extend your thought leadership and build your brand.


ALM Legal Publication Newsletters

Sign Up Today and Never Miss Another Story.

As part of your digital membership, you can sign up for an unlimited number of a wide range of complimentary newsletters. Visit your My Account page to make your selections. Get the timely legal news and critical analysis you cannot afford to miss. Tailored just for you. In your inbox. Every day.

Copyright © 2021 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.