PENSACOLA, Fla. — Former Mingo County Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury is apparently headed for what Forbes magazine calls the second “cushiest” federal prison camp in America.
Government sources confirmed Thursday that Thornsbury has been directed to report to the Federal Prison Camp (FPC) in Pensacola, Florida. Williamson sources confirmed today that Thornsbury has “already left for Florida.” Although officials said the reporting date is July 29, they said it is “possible he will report early.”
Thornsbury was sentenced to 50 months in prison after a federal corruption investigation in Mingo County. The ex-judge is appealing the length of the sentence. He was charged in a federal “information,” meaning he has cooperated with federal authorities. His sentence was reduced ten months by Federal District Court Judge Thomas Johnston for his cooperation with prosecutors.
Thornbury’s prison location was listed in a Forbes article which listed what the magazine rated the “cushiest” prisons in the nation. The article describes how inmates at the low-security prison can walk through a tree-lined park with visitors. It adds that prisoners can work while they are incarcerated. They were paid 12 to 40 cents per hour when the article appeared. Funds earned can be spent at the prison commissary.