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Lea Fastow to Report to Jail

Lea Fastow, wife of former Enron CFO Andrew Fastow, has been designated to serve her one year prison sentence for misdemeanor tax evasion at the downtown Houston federal detention facility. In other words, no federal prison camp. Detention facilities are jails--they house all security levels of prisoners who are awaiting trial--including repeat offenders and those charged with violent crimes.

Lea Fastow, the wife of former Enron Chief Financial Officer Andrew Fastow, has been ordered to serve her one-year sentence for a misdemeanor tax charge in a downtown Houston federal lock-up, just blocks from the failed company's headquarters. U.S. District Judge David Hittner ordered Fastow, 42, to surrender by July 12, an order made public on Tuesday said.

The Houston federal detention center is a considerably more restrictive prison than the one her lawyer had requested. Attorney Mike DeGeurin had asked that Fastow be sent to a minimum security women's federal prison camp in Bryan, Texas, 100 miles northwest of Houston. DeGeurin could not immediately be reached for comment.

Lea Fastow shouldn't receive special treatment, but she also shouldn't be treated more harshly than anyone else serving the same sentence. What's next, will Martha Stewart be sent to MCC Manhattan? This is overkill. The Bureau of Prisons should reconsider.

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