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The difficulties for Elizabeth Holmes would begin shortly after her arrival at the Federal Prison Camp in Bryan, Texas. Lynn Espejo, who served a 24-months sentence at Bryan from 2018 to 2020, detailed her experience to Fox Business. She said that prisoners were strip-searched on arrival. Afterwards, they were handed government-issued prison garb while their personal clothes were sent to family. For the duration of her time in prison, Holmes will share a room with three other women, sleeping on a bunk bed with a small locker to keep her belongings. Fortunately for Holmes, each new inmate is assigned a “big sister” to teach her the ins-and-outs of serving at Camp Bryan, including how to use the commissary. Prisoners have access to a prison-based email system, and are allocated 300 minutes a month to talk on the phone. Espejo believed that could be the biggest adjustment for Holmes. “It is traumatic having your freedom taken away, obviously,” she told Fox Business. “But just living away from your family like that.”
While the Theranos founder would have limited time to speak with her family and children, she would likely not have trouble forming bonds at Camp Bryan. According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, multiple inmates were excited for Holmes’s arrival. “Some people are like ‘I want to be her friend’,” inmate Tasha Wade told the outlet.
The prison has a study, a game room, and work programs for inmates, which could be beneficial to Holmes.