The domestic diva will be forbidden from discussing company details while behind bars

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated October 07, 2004 08:00 AM

Among the several privileges that noted workaholic Martha Stewart will be forced to surrender once she begins her prison sentence this week will be the ability to conduct business – a practice that is strictly forbidden behind bars.

Granted, Traci Billingsley, a Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman, says keeping track of whether the domestic diva is discussing her company with visitors “would be very difficult,” she tells New York’s Daily News.

“There would be no way to regulate that, I suppose,” said Billingsley, though there are “other intelligence mechanisms in place to see if business is being conducted.”

Stewart, 63, has until 2 p.m. Friday to report to the minimum-security Alderson Federal Prison Camp to begin serving her five-month sentence for lying to federal investigators about a stock sale.

Prisoners at the institution in southeastern West Virginia risk losing their phone privileges and commissary purchases if caught violating the rules on conducting business, says the News.

The paper also reports that Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. CEO Sharon Patrick and Stewart’s publicist Susan Magrino are due to visit the prisoner during her sentence.

Meanwhile, in response to an earlier report that there are not enough guards at the Alderson Federal Prison, federal prison officials are now saying the prison camp is safe, reports the Associated Press, quoting officials with the U.S. Bureau of Prisons as insisting there are enough guards there, although there are job vacancies.