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The judge sentencing Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes recommends she serve life in prison

The judge who sentenced Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes 11 years and three months Jailed has recommended that she serve her term in a minimum security women’s facility in Texas.

Judge Edward Davila of the Northern District of California recommended that Holmes serve at a federal prison camp in Bryan, Texas, last week. The Bryan facility, which is about 100 miles northwest of Houston, houses about 540 female inmates in four dormitory units on a 37-acre campus, according to its website.

According to the Bureau of Prisons, prison camps have “dormitory housing, a relatively low staff-to-inmate ratio, and limited or no perimeter fencing” and are “task- and program-oriented”. According to the camp’s orientation handbook, all inmates at the facility are required to work, which they do for an hourly wage of between 12 cents and $1.15.

Inmates have access to correspondence courses, board games, movies, and arts and crafts, as well as a family counseling program designed to strengthen the relationships of incarcerated parents with their children.

Yahoo News noted that the Bryan facility offers more generous family visitation than other prisons. Davila noted this in sentencing, writing, “The court found that family visitation enhances rehabilitation.”

Holmes has a 16-month-old son with partner William Evans and is pregnant with her second child.

Front view of a lawn, trees and low building
A view of the federal prison camp in Bryan, Texas.

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,[C]Compared to other places in the prison system, this place is heaven,” criminal defense attorney Alan Ellis told Bloomberg. If Holmes serves his sentence at the complex, he will face “no walls, no bars, no fences.” have to do it.

It is not certain whether Holmes will be sent to the Bryan facility. It is the Bureau of Prisons that will make the final determination of where she serves her sentence, although it will take into account Davila’s recommendation. Holmes, once hailed as a biotech wunderkind, is supposed to check into a facility on April 27, 2023.

Holmes was sentenced last week for his role in defrauding investors in Theranos, a once-promising blood-testing startup that collapsed after revelations that its key technology did not work as promised. Theranos, valued at $10 billion at its peak, attracted 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 Amway.

A hearing on how much money Holmes will have to pay will be held at a later date. Prosecutors sought $804 million in restitution to investors who lost money in Theranos. Holmes is expected to appeal his sentence, which he must do within two weeks of the November 18 sentencing date.

Theranos’ former chief operating officer, Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani, was convicted on 12 counts Danger! and is to be sentenced in December.

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