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Martha Touts Prison Reform in Holiday Posting

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This Christmas will see the imprisoned Martha Stewart “washing, scrubbing, sweeping, vacuuming, raking leaves” but, she insists in a message posted on her personal Web site, Martha Talks, she is “fine, really.”

Two months into her five-month sentence for obstruction of justice, she states: “I look forward to being home, to getting back to my valuable work, to creating, cooking, and making television. I have had time to think, time to write, time to exercise, time to not eat the bad food, and time to walk and contemplate the future.”

Stewart, 63, also asks Americans to give some thought to the many women she has met in prison “who have been here for years – devoid of care, devoid of love, devoid of family.”

“I beseech you all to think about these women – to encourage the American people to ask for reforms, both in sentencing guidelines, in length of incarceration for nonviolent first-time offenders, and for those involved in drug-taking.”

Offering a glimpse into her daily routine, the domestic diva explains that her jobs inside the West Virginia correctional facility consist mostly of various cleaning duties. “But like everyone else here, I would rather be doing all of this in my own home, and not here – away from family and friends,” writes Stewart.

Earlier this month, Stewart’s company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc., announced that many NBC affiliates were signing up to air her new syndicated daytime talk show, to be produced by Survivor creator Mark Burnett in the fall of 2005.

Thanking fans for their continued support, she closed by saying, “Happy Holidays, Martha Stewart.”