Former Democratic Representative Corrine Brown received a brand new mattress, gets daily massages, and has prisoners working as her “staff” according to letters from inmates reviewed by News4Jax.
Brown received all these perks during the first two weeks of her five-year sentence. The prison staff had inmates clean a window cell for Brown ahead of her arrival and a unit manager even made her bed, fellow inmates wrote in letters.
“New mattress, kissing up all day and all night by both staff and residents … and she got to keep a bunch of wigs,” one inmate wrote.
“She has girls that are in prison at her beck and call,” another inmate wrote. “She says they are on her payroll. Where we got one chicken pattie for lunch she gets 2. The officers allow her to have massages every night.”
The same inmate claims that Brown is allowed to wear new high-top leather sneakers that aren’t on sale at the prison store.
“I never thought I would see such unfairness,” the inmate wrote.
Current and former prison officials denied the inmates’ claims.
“I can guarantee those people at the Bureau of Prisons are professional people,” Richard Pari told News4Jax. “You showed me a list and I disagree wholeheartedly. The wigs did not happen. I had talked to a few different people working in the R and D, and, in my experience working in the prison, that’s removed from you.”
A current employee said the complaints are bogus and that inmates often exaggerate the events going on behind bars.
“All the other inmates, they’re treating her nice, giving her candy bars,” Joe Rojas, the president of the Council of Prison Local C-33 told News4Jax. “But as far as we are, we can’t do that, No. 1, because that’s an ethics violations.”
Brown was sentenced last year for federal corruption, conspiracy, tax evasion, and fraud. Her five-year sentence will be followed by a three-year probation combined with restitution payments of $250 per month.
Brown’s lawyers are appealing the conviction. If the appeal is overturned, she will likely serve 80 percent of her 60-month sentence.
According to the Bureau of Prisons, Brown’s release day is June 6, 2022.