Tucson Federal Prison Camp

Five years in the making, and I’m finally going in for my first day at Tucson Federal Prison Camp. The days leading up to my self-surrender were stress free and full of family and friends. Having working my federal prison consultant, Justin Paperny since Feb of 2016 kept me prepared. My wife and I scheduled my surrender for Monday May 15th, two days earlier than was scheduled. This gave me one final weekend with my family. Friday was like any other day.

First Day at Tucson Federal Prison Camp

First Day at Tucson Federal Prison Camp

We got up early with my boys and saw them off to school. After school, I took my son Bryce (12) to his first school dance. While he was at the dance I went to dinner with Brandon (16). We ran into a couple of friends and had a nice dinner. I then picked up my son and took him a pizza party. Did some grocery shopping and headed home. It was typical day but I found myself enjoying every moment. Saturday was a great day. We started the day at the gym. Chance (21), Brandon, Bryce and I played 2 on 2 basketball and worked out once we were finished. We all went to lunch and did some Mother’s Day shopping. We got some, rested, and then Chance and I went out to meet some friends. My wife had to work both Friday and Saturday which was disappointing. Sunday was great, we had both Grandmas, an uncle and an aunt over for Mother’s Day. I cooked, we opened presents and we spent some time in our hot tub. That evening, my wife and sons sat at the dinner table and discussed our personal business. It was a fulfilling day. One thing, for sure, is that I appreciated every moment I spent with the people I love. This whole process and helped me re prioritize what is important. In the past, I worked out alone. Now and forever in the future, I will workout with my sons. If they need a ride, I will never complain.

Tiffany and I got up early Monday so we could make the 2 and half hour drive to Tucson Federal Prison Camp from our home.

I got to make Bryce one final lunch for him to take to school. I also got to say one final goodbye to each of my boys. It was great to see how mature each of them handled the situation. They also were very prepared for this moment. Tiff and I got in the car and headed out. It was great to spend my final hours of freedom with girl I love. She is most beautiful and strong woman that I know. We headed out and enjoyed our ride together. She did some work on the computer as I enjoyed the drive. It was like any other trip we would take. We stopped at a McDonald for one last Egg McMuffin.

Justin and I spoke one last time before my surrender. He kept me focused on the task at hand.

Tiffany and drove up the prison complex. Initially, we pulled into the FCI which had huge fences all around. This really woke me up to what lied ahead. We left that area and drove up to Tucson Federal Prison Camp. There was no fence and that put us at ease. We got out of the car, embraced and said our goodbyes. Just then a gentlemen driving a van asked if I was self-surrendering. I said yes and he informed me that was at the right place but the wrong place to checking. We had to go back to the FCI building. I went up and introduced myself and shook his hand. He was another inmate whose job was to drive around the complex and take inmates and personnel where they needed to go. He is a taxi driver which I thought was bizarre to give a felon a vehicle. But, that really put my mind and especially Tiffany’s mind at peace. Tiffany drove me over to the FCI facility and we said our final goodbye.

I walked in and told a correctional officer that I was here to self-surrender.

He had me sit in a waiting area, almost like I was showing up for a job interview. I was alone and letting it all sink in. Another officer came and took me in to be processed. The staff was friendly and worked professionally. A counselor came to speak with me and gave me the details of what was ahead.

Part 2 of my self surrender to Tuscon Federal Prison camp will come tomorrow!

Thank you all for your support,

Steve Lamont

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Justin Paperny is the cofounder of White Collar Advice (@whitecollaradviceofficial), a Calabasas company that well-heeled convicts facing prison hire to help them deal with the experience. His past clients reportedly include Martha Stewart and Bernie Madoff. “Let Us Take The Confusion and Headache Out Of Preparing For Sentencing, Prison and Probation,” the company’s website cheerily states. Paperny, whose fees can run into the six figures, says he’s already been hired by one person caught up in the college admissions scandal and been contacted by a half dozen others. Visit the link in bio for more information and advice (or maybe this only applies to Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman). ⠀⠀

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