Ivanhoe Donaldson reported to Federal Prison Camp in Petersburg today to begin serving a seven-year prison term for stealing more than $190,000 from the D.C. government.
Once he pulled inside the prison gate at 12:15 p.m. in a gray Cadillac, the former D.C. deputy mayor made no effort to get out of his car but waited with the windows rolled up until two correctional officers walked up to the car.
Donaldson, wearing blue jeans, a brown jacket and a cap, walked into the fenced-in compound without speaking to reporters.
Donaldson is assigned to serve his prison term in a newly built minimum-security prison at Petersburg described by Warden O.I. White as "the facility of a decade."
The beige-brick prison camp structure lacks the 12-foot fences and imposing facade of the 750-bed prison that adjoins it, and affords its 200 inmates substantially more freedom.
Initially, White said, Donaldson will probably be assigned to janitorial duties in his unit while his caseworker figures out whether he is best suited for landscaping, food services, clerical work or one of the other jobs that occupy the inmates for 7 1/2 hours a day.
Work in the furniture refurbishing factory is highly sought because it pays up to $1.10 an hour, compared with 11 to 16 cents an hour for other jobs.
White said Donaldson is likely to be assigned to a two-man "cubicle," probably on the upper bunk for starters, but will have the chance to work his way to a bottom bunk, and then to his own cubicle.
The cubicles are separated by six-foot-high dividers in a large room and contain a desk and a locker for each inmate.
The prison requires all inmates who have not completed the eighth grade to participate in an educational program but does not offer much in that line for inmates such as Donaldson who have attended college. White said that in his free time Donaldson could jog, lift weights in an outdoor "pavilion" or read.
He will be given a casual type of uniform -- jeans or khakis -- to wear during work hours, which usually start at 7:30 a.m., but will be allowed to wear his own clothes after work.
Each inmate receives 28 points a month for visits. Visits on Friday count for one point per hour; Saturday and Sunday count for two points per hour. Visitors "can stay all day if they want," White said.
Though Donaldson's high-level government background makes him an unusual prisoner, White said that if he responds like other white-collar criminals, he will probably adjust.
"Usually the problems are very minimal," White said. "They usually want to come in, do their time and get out."
Donaldson will be eligible for parole in 28 months. U.S. District Judge Gerhard A. Gesell, who sentenced him Tuesday, also ordered that he pay the city $112,500 in restitution before his release. Gesell also fined Donaldson $15,000.
Donaldson was convicted of using more than $190,000 in government funds for his own use. He pleaded guilty to three felonies -- interstate transportation of fraudulently obtained funds, obstruction of justice and tax fraud.
White said prison officials notified the U.S. Marshals Service when Donaldson did not show up before noon as ordered, but his delay was probably due to bad weather and will not count against him.