March 4, 2005.
The trace of a smile crossed her lips as Martha Stewart boarded the plane that was taking her to her freedom.
She once fretted over whether she could tolerate prison life. Now she felt a certain satisfaction. She had gotten through it. She had, so she liked to think, put her time inside to good use. Still, the time passed slowly, and she missed her work, her friends, her family, and she missed being in the spotlight, she missed being Martha Stewart.
She emerged into freedom on a soft cushion. Most of the other 600,000 prisoners who would end their prison stays in 2005 in America had a much harder time. Friends shunned them. Potential employers suddenly declared that an advertised opening ...