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Alderson Federal Prison Camp, also known as Federal Prison Camp, Alderson or FPC Alderson, is a federal prison in the United Statesmarker for minimum-security female inmates. The prison is a prison camp with a population of around 1,050 and is located on the Monroe County side of the Greenbrier River in the rural town of Aldersonmarker in southeast West Virginiamarker, about southwest of Washington, DCmarker. Both Florence Harding and Eleanor Roosevelt, former and future First Ladies, and Mabel Walker Willebrandt, the Assistant U.S. Attorney General, first encouraged its establishment.

FPC Alderson opened in 1927 as the Federal Industrial Institution for Women and was the first federal prison for women. The camp comprises of rolling hills. While there are no metal fences surrounding the camp, prisoners have schedules and must work. Free time is spent playing volleyball, softball, or tennis.

Most of the inmates at FPC Alderson have been convicted of non-violent or white-collar crime. They sleep in bunk beds in dormitories or in cottages.

The prison is nicknamed "Camp Cupcake" by most residents and the media. It was called "Yalemarker" by one-time attendee Martha Stewart.

Notable inmates


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  2. de Vries, Lloyd. "How Martha Coped At 'Yale'" CBS News, 20 September 2005, retrieved on 25 April 2009.

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