Friday, January 11, 2008


To the relief of Orange Rob Corrie, real estate values on the Northern Neck are already beginning to stabilize after Dogfighter Extraordinaire Mike Vick left the local hooscow and headed off to the Big House in Kansas.

Former Hokie/Falcon Vick left Virginia on Monday to enter a drug treatment program at a Kansas prison, a move that could reduce the former NFL star's 23-month sentence on a federal dogfighting conviction.

The suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback is now at the U.S. Bureau of Prisons minimum security facility in Leavenworth – not to be confused with the military prison, Ft. Leavenworth. Conde Nast doesn’t rank either one in its Top 100 Resorts of the U.S.

Vick tested positive for marijuana in September (and SUPER POSITIVE for STUPID) while he was on supervised release following his guilty plea. The residential drug treatment programs at Bureau of Prisons institutions take place in units set apart from the general prison population, lasting at least 500 hours over six to 12 months.

Upon successful completion of the program, nonviolent offenders may be granted up to one year of early release. Staff members review the inmates' records and behavior to determine if they are eligible for early release.

If Vick was granted early release, he could be ready to play in the 2009 football season, though he is currently suspended without pay by the NFL.

(AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

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