Blankenship’s new digs…

Coal baron Don Blankenship lost his bid for freedom while he appeals his conviction and now gets to spend the next year in a federal prison. But trust me, it’s not the kind of prison you think.

Blankenship reported to Taft Correctional Institute, a minimum-security federal prison camp located near Bakersfield, Calif.

No word on whether he will have air conditioning — a luxury denied in the infamous tent prisons of Arizona’s Joe Arpaio, but the website for the prison assures us that he will have “quality health care,” which will include “Medical, dental, mental, and wellness services are provided to promote healthy lifestyles,” according to the prison’s website.

The camp is minimum security, and there are no security fences or armed posts. In fact, news stories as recently as December 2015 indicate that prisoners “escape” by walking away.

Visiting hours are from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as every federally recognized holiday, which will still be a four hour trip for his friends in Las Vegas, unless they can borrow a private plane and fly in to Bakersfield.

The prison programs he may participate in include:
• GED
• INEA
• Adult Basic Education
• Wheels for the World
• Alcoholics Anonymous
• NCCER Courses
• Open Office Computer Apps
• Inside Out Dad
• Man in the Mirror
• English as Second Language
• Release Preparation
• Thinking for a Change
• Breaking the Cycle (BOP)
• Cage Your Rage
• Christianity in Prison
• Telemarketing
• Special Housing Unit Programming
• English Literature
• Individual Counseling
• Those Outspoken
• VT Math
• Choice and Change
• Culinary Arts
• Truck Driving

We understand that there are also sports teams and music lessons!

While he may be missing his dogs and friends and good times in his Las Vegas home, it won’t be as harsh as what the UBB families are going through for the rest of their lives.