The judge who sentenced Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes toin prison has recommended that she serve her sentence in a minimum-security facility for women in Texas.
Judge Edward Davila of the Northern District of California recommended Holmes serve in the federal prison camp in Bryan, Texas, according to a court filing from last week. Bryan’s facility, which is about 100 miles northwest of Houston, houses about 540 inmates in four dormitory units on a 37-acre campus, according to his website.
Prison camps have “dormitory housing, a relatively low staff-to-inmate ratio, and limited or no perimeter fencing” and are “work and program oriented,” according to the Bureau of Prisons. All inmates at the facility are required to work, which they do for an hourly wage of between 12 cents and $1.15, depending on camp guidance. Handbook.
Inmates have access to correspondence courses, board games, movies and crafts, as well as a family counseling program to strengthen incarcerated parents’ relationships with their children.
Bryan facility offers more lenient family visits than other prisons, Yahoo News indicated. Dávila mentioned it in his sentence and wrote: “The court determines that family visits improve rehabilitation.”
Holmes has a 16-month-old son with her partner, William Evans, and is pregnant with a second child.
“[C]Compared to other places in the prison system, this is heaven,” said criminal defense attorney Alan Ellis. Bloomberg. If Holmes does serve his sentence at the compound, he won’t face “walls, bars, fences,” he said.
It is not certain that Holmes will be sent to Bryan’s facility. That corresponds to the Bureau of Prisons, which will make the final determination of where he is serving his sentence, although it will take Dávila’s recommendation into account. Holmes, who at one point was hailed as a biotech wunderkind, is due to register at a facility on April 27, 2023.
Holmes was sentenced last week for her role in defrauding investors in Theranos, a once-promising blood-testing start-up that collapsed after revelations that its key technology did not work as promised. Valued at $10 billion at its peak, Theranos garnered hundreds of millions of dollars in investment from heavyweights, including media mogul Rupert Murdoch, software billionaire Larry Ellison, Walmart’s Walton family and the DeVos clan behind it. from Amway.
A hearing on how much money Holmes must pay back will take place at a later date. Prosecutors had sought $804 million in reimbursement from investors who lost money in Theranos. Holmes is expected to appeal his sentence, which he must do within two weeks of the Nov. 18 sentencing date.
Former Theranos COO Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani was found guilty of 12 counts ofand is scheduled to be sentenced in December.