Martha Stewart's 'Horrifying' Prison Stay: 'Nothing Is Good About It'

Martha talks to Katie Couric about the 'indignity' she had to suffer
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2017 9:10 AM CDT
Martha Stewart on Prison: I Grew, Learned ... No, It Just Sucked
Martha Stewart attends the ASPCA's 19th annual Bergh Ball at the Plaza Hotel on April 14, 2016, in New York.   (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

When Martha Stewart was released in March 2005 from West Virginia's Alderson Federal Prison Camp after a five-month stint behind bars, she emerged all the better, with the valuable experience offering her time to reflect on her white-collar crime and allowing her to grow as a person. Or … maybe not quite. People reports that the 76-year-old Stewart has an entirely different take on her incarceration, as revealed in an interview with Katie Couric for the journalist's Wednesday podcast. "[Did I feel] that 'you can make lemons out of lemonade' and 'what hurts you makes you stronger'? No. None of those adages fit at all," she tells Couric, adding that her stay at the facility was "horrifying" and a "very, very awful thing." "No one should have to go through that kind of indignity really except for murderers, and there are a few other categories, but no one should have to go through that," she adds.

Although Alderson is a minimum-security prison, Stewart says there were "lots and lots of disturbing things" and that one still wasn't permitted to "walk out the gate or cross the river." She also blasts being "maligned" and mistreated and being ripped away from her family after she was sent away for lying about a stock sale, adding, "Nothing is good about it, nothing." There's also a hint on how fair she feels her sentence was, as she calls her experience "horrible … especially when one does not feel one deserves such a thing." Stewart says she's now over it, though, and isn't letting her jail stay define her, chatting with Couric for the rest of the podcast about more pleasant topics like her New Jersey childhood and working with Snoop Dogg. (The Arizona Republic also interviewed Stewart this week on everything from former President Obama to her binge-watching habit.)

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