Mitchell Grunska prison
Year - No. 284 Four Sections - 48 Pages NAPLES, FLA., WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, JUNE 22, 1977 AP, UPI Wire 15c Daily, 90c Week Delivered' Haldeman Imprisoned in California Jail Doors Slam On Mitchell JOHN MITCHELL . . . Alabama prison. By United Press International With H.R. Haldeman, once the most powerful member of the Nixon White House staff, already imprisoned in California, John Mitchell loday was entering the history books as the first U.S. attorney general to go to prison. Mitchell, 63, faced the indignity of fingerprinting and mugshots today at a federal prison camp at Maxwell AFB, Ala. Haldeman, 60, surrendered to U.S. marshals a day early Tuesday and walked into the administration building building of the Lompoc prison camp near his Los Angeles home. The two men and former Nixon domestic aide John Ehrlichman all were sentenced to 30 months to eight years for conspiracy, obstruction of justice and perjury in the Watergate coverup which forced Richard Nixon from the presidency. Ehrlichman voluntarily surrendered last October while the appeals still were pending in the Supreme Court, and is serving his sentence in Safford, Ariz. All three men could make their first application for parole next year - E h r l i c h m a n in late w i n t e r and Mitchell and Hatdeman about jilxjnpnltis later. The prison camps are minimum security facilities with no fences. Mitchell Mitchell will live In one of seven dormitories at the Alabama camp, with at least 43 other inmates in a single large room. There are dividers, but inmates have little privacy. Most Most of them work at the air force base, doing jani- lorial chores and maintaining the grounds. But prison superintendent Robert Grunska said M i t c h e l l , in deference to his age, will avoid that duty and probably be assigned either to work in the clothing room, where former Nixon aide Charles Colson worked, or as a clerk in the education program or the prison business office. No job assignment will be made for at least 10 days, after Mitchell has been interviewed and undergone a physical examination at the base hospital. Lompoc Warden Lawrence Grossman described his prison as "an open camp - no fence and no towers." He said Haldeman would be assigned to a 35-man dormitory dormitory and given a job at the 40,000 acre prison camp. "There are a number of different kinds of jobs," he said. "There's food service, grass cutting, federal prison industries, maintenance details and other things he can do. He will have his evenings free." Haldeman has said he was writing a book about the Nixon White House, one with "the gloves off and no holds barred," and Grossman said he would have ample time [or writing. Mitchell and Haldeman have asked the Supreme Court to reconsider its decision not to review their case, and that request is still pending. However, Ihe justices rarely reconsider their decisions. Ehrlichman entered prison before the appeal was rejected, and did not join in the petition for reconsideration. Justice Department officials said Mitchell was assigned assigned to the small camp at Maxwell instead of Allenwood, Allenwood, Pa., the m i n i m u m security prison nearest his home, because he is a former attorney general and might face reprisals for decisions he made in office. H.R. HALDEMAN ... California camp.