Peel assigned to low security corrections facility in Kentucky

Steve Gonzalez Mar. 14, 2008, 6:00pm

The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has placed Gary Peel at the low security Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Ashland, Ken., a low-security institution housing male inmates with a satellite camp that houses minimum security inmates.

According to the BOP, FCIs have double-fenced perimeters, mostly dormitory or cubicle housing, and strong work and program components. The staff-to-inmate ratio in these institutions is higher than in minimum security facilities.

A Federal Penitentiary (USP) has highly-secured perimeters featuring walls or reinforced fences, multiple- and single-occupant cell housing, the highest staff-to-inmate ratio, and close control of inmate movement.

The Ashland facility is located in the highlands of northeastern Kentucky, 125 miles east of Lexington and five miles southwest of Ashland. As of March 13, FCI Ashland housed 1,243 inmates.

Peel was sentenced to 12 years in prison by U.S. District Court Judge William Stiehl in November 2007.

Peel, 63, was convicted on four counts of obstruction of justice, bankruptcy fraud and child pornography by a federal jury in East St. Louis on March 23, 2007. He was also fined $1,000 and placed on three years supervised release.

Peel was prosecuted for blackmailing his ex-wife Deborah Peel with nude photos taken of her 16-year-old sister in 1974.

He is allowed visitors from 8 a.m. until 3:15 p.m., Thursday through Monday, including all federal holidays, with no visiting on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Peel can have up to four adult visitors at one time and his visiting list is limited to immediate family, other relatives and 10 additional friends and associates. Before entering the visiting room, visitors must pass through a metal detector.

Peel must wear prison-issued khaki pants and shirts or the issued green pants and shirts. His clothing must be in a clean and neat condition and he must wear "institution shoes" or white Rockports.

According to prison rules, when an inmate has a visitor, handshaking, embracing and kissing is permitted within the bounds of good taste at the beginning and at the end of visits.

During visits contact with visitors must be limited to hand-holding in plain view.

Female visitors must be properly dressed.

According to FCI Ashland guidelines, "Persons who come immodestly and/or provocatively dressed may be denied the privilege of visiting. Dresses, skirts or loose fitting 'Bermuda-type' shorts must be at least knee length. No portion of the breasts may be exposed. The wearing of T-shirts or other form-fitting clothes by female visitors without bras is prohibited."

Prohibited clothing items include, see-through; fishnet; form-fitting (Lycra or Spandex); low-cut, backless, sleeveless, or strapless blouses and/or dresses; athletic shorts; halter tops; swimwear; clothing which exposes the midriff portion of the body; ripped or torn jeans; and other revealing clothing items. The wearing of any type of club, gang, or other organization symbols is also not allowed.

When visits are over prisoners are searched before returning to their cells.

FCI Ashland uses a point system for visits with each inmate receiving 10 points per month. A weekday visit counts as one point and weekend or holiday visits count as three points.

Peel is currently scheduled to be paroled on Sept. 20, 2017.

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