Madoff joins Pollard at NC prison

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

The nation’s two most famous Jewish inmates are now sharing an address: FCI Butner.

Bernie Madoff, sentenced in late June after pleading guilty to creating and operating a record-shattering Ponzi scheme that left some pensioners penniless and drove some Jewish charities to bankruptcy,  was transported on Monday to the Federal Correctional Institution in Butner, NC – a medium security facility near Raleigh.

There he will join convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, who, as his Web site says, has served 8636 days in prison as of Tuesday.

The two convicts have something in common besides the fact both are Jewish; neither is likely to get out of jail anytime soon.

Madoff is 71 and faces a 150 year sentence, so just do the math.

Pollard continues to seek commutation of his sentence – but supporters who loudly insist he was a hero for supplying classified information to Israel and Pollard’s own lack of clarity on the subject of repentance make it unlikely any president will set him free.

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Douglas M. Bloomfield is a syndicated columnist, Washington lobbyist and consultant. He spent nine years as the legislative director and chief lobbyist for AIPAC.