Former Congresswoman Corrine Brown is now a federal inmate.
She turned herself in at Federal Corrections Institution Coleman’s minimum security prison camp about 15 minutes before Monday’s noon deadline.
Brown was sentenced last month to five years in prison for fraud, filing false tax returns and more.
Brown lost her fight to remain out of prison while she appeals.
The former Congresswoman arrived at prison on Monday in a rented black limo bus.
The bus paused at the prison complex’s entrance and waited for Bishop Kelvin Cobaris to cross the highway and get on board.
Cobaris had parked across the street from the prison, awaiting Brown’s arrival.
Cobaris, who is the president of the African American Council of Christian Clergy, described himself as Brown’s spiritual advisor.
“She had a humble demeanor. Very emotional, but yet graceful,” said Cobaris. “And as soon as I got on the bus, she greeted me with a smile and a hug, and said, ‘Pray.’”
Cobaris said Brown brought a bag into the prison with her, but did not know what was inside.
“The guards, as far as I saw at the door, they were very kind to her. They just asked her what the things were that she had with her, and escorted her in, and said, ‘We’ll discuss more when you come in,’” said Cobaris.
According to Coleman’s minimum security prison camp Admission and Orientation Handbook, Brown would have been issued a green jumpsuit and basic hygiene supplies when she was admitted.
Each inmate at the prison camp is assigned to a job after being medically cleared by Health Services.
“I think the biggest worry and fear is obviously being separated from family members. As you know, she has an elderly mother who’s in her 90s. Obviously, she’s concerned for the welfare of her daughter. But I think, most of all, she’s concerned about the impact that this will have on her reputation and legacy,” said Brown’s trial attorney James Smith.
When Brown is not working, she can spend time at the camp’s recreation yard -- complete with basketball, bocce, racquetball, horseshoe, softball and soccer facilities.
She can also go to the leisure center, where she can find the art room, billiards tables, and games like checkers and scrabble.
She can also keep up with the news in the camp’s television rooms.
Brown will be allowed to spend up to $275 a month at the commissary on hygiene products, snacks and instant coffee.
“Let’s get rid of this idea that she’s going to be on a five-year vacation, because that’s far from the truth,” said Smith. “The reality is that these are not country clubs. These are almost Spartan environments.”
It’s unlikely that we will be able to see Corrine Brown’s mug shot. Unlike county and state corrections facilities, federal prisons rarely release mug shots.
Brown will continue to collect her Congressional pension while she’s in prison until the appeals process has been exhausted.
Original story: Former congresswoman Corrine Brown must turn herself in to prison by noon Monday.
Brown was sentenced last month to five years for 18 convictions of fraud for filing false tax returns and more, and the 71-year-old lost her fight to remain out of prison while she appeals.
Sources tell Action News Jax that she plans to turn herself in to Federal Corrections Institution Coleman’s minimum-security satellite camp in Sumterville.
Action News Jax reporter Jenna Bourne is in Sumterville awaiting Brown's arrival.
When she asked Brown's appellate co-counsel Ryan MacFarland if Brown has turned herself in yet, he said, "No comment" and hung up on her.
The prison complex houses nearly 2,000 male and female inmates who are subject to between five to six head counts a day.
Every inmate at the camp is assigned to a job after they are medically cleared by health services.
The admission and orientation handbook says Brown will receive a physical examination within her first two weeks.
Brown will be allowed to have 30 people on her visitation list.
When Brown is not working, she can spend time at the camp’s recreation yard, which has basketball, bocce, racquetball, horseshoe, softball and soccer facilities.
She can also go to the leisure center where she can find the art room, billiards tables and games like checkers and scrabble.
Brown will be allowed to spend up $275 a month at the commissary on hygiene products, snacks and instant coffee.
Brown will continue to collect her congressional pension while she’s in prison until the appeals process has been exhausted.
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