The ABC 7 I-Team has learned that former KGO Radio Host Bernie Ward has arrived at a federal prison in eastern Texas to serve out his sentence for child pornography. FCI Beaumont houses low security male inmates, and it was not Ward’s first choice. During his sentencing in August, Ward requested the minimum security prison in Lompoc and the judge agreed. But, it’s up to the Federal Bureau of Prisons to make the final decision based on the sentence, the prisoner’s needs and the population at the various locations.
A spokeswoman for the Bureau of Prisons in Washington, D.C. told me this morning they try to place an inmate within 500 miles of home, to facilitate visits by family members, but FCI Beaumont is exactly 2,023 miles from Bernie Ward’s house.
Barring transfer for discipline, medical reasons or overcrowding, Bernie Ward will serve out his 87 month sentence 35 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, 100 miles east of Houston. His release date is listed on the Federal Bureau of Prisons website as December 21, 2014.