Elizabeth Holmes faces 6 a.m. wake-up calls and making her own bed at federal prison camp

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 18: Former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes on November 18, 2022 in San Jose, California. Holmes appeared in federal court for sentencing after being convicted of four counts of fraud for allegedly engaging in a multimillion-dollar scheme to defraud investors in her company Theranos, which offered blood testing lab services. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Elizabeth Holmes is due to report to prison on Tuesday.Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
  • Elizabeth Holmes is due to start serving her 11-year sentence Tuesday.

  • The Theranos founder is expected to do so at Federal Prison Camp Bryan in Texas.

  • Bryan's rules include 6 a.m. wake-up calls and working for as little as 12 cents an hour.

Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of Theranos who was convicted of four fraud-related counts, is expected to start serving her 11-year sentence at a federal prison camp in Texas on Tuesday.

If Holmes is sent to Bryan, about 100 miles from Houston, as a judge recommended, she can expect to wake at 6 a.m. daily and to make her own bed, according to an inmate handbook.

She would be responsible for keeping her cell clean by mopping the floors and taking out the trash — or risk discipline.

It's apparently common for rooms at Bryan to have two sets of double bunks, a table, folding chairs, lockers, and open entryways without doors, according to a sketch that The Wall Street Journal published and said was based on descriptions from people who had served time there.

The facility offers business classes, and all inmates are required to hold jobs, which pay $0.12 to $0.40 an hour, for a minimum of 90 days, according to the handbook.

The Stanford dropout was found guilty in January 2022 on four of the 11 fraud and conspiracy counts she was charged with.

Holmes has made several attempts to avoid going to prison, but on May 16 a judge denied her request to remain free while appealing her conviction.

She gave a series of often-bizarre pre-prison interviews to The New York Times in an attempt to rehabilitate her image. Holmes acknowledged building a persona that wasn't "authentic" — lowering her voice and wearing black turtlenecks, red lipstick, and messy blond hair.

At the prison camp, the 39-year-old mother of two would have no choice but to don khaki prison garb.

Some inmates and guards at the camp are said to be looking forward to Holmes' arrival. One prisoner told the Journal that a corrections officer had joked about the prospect of getting Holmes to scrub pans.

A copy of "Bad Blood," John Carreyrou's book about the rise and fall of Holmes and Theranos, is in the prison camp's library, the Journal reported.

The prison camp holds about 650 women convicted of white-collar crimes, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. It's the facility where Jen Shah, one of the women featured on "The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City," is serving a 6 ½-year sentence for conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Representatives for Holmes didn't immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider made outside normal working hours.

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