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A Convict in a Leper Colony

On his first day in federal prison, Neil White learned that he would do his time in Carville, the last leper colony in the United States. He wrote a memoir about the experience, In the Sanctuary of Outcasts.

Successful entrepreneur, award-winning publisher, community pillar and all-around golden boy, Neil White was eager to impress. To keep his expensive luxury magazine business afloat, he began transferring funds he didn’t actually have between bank accounts—a practice commonly known as check kiting—and wound up in federal prison in 1993 on charges of fraud. To White, a sentence of 18 months and a tarnished record meant that life as he knew it was over. But the real shock was yet to come. … Back to Article

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