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In North American English, Club Fed is a term that describes a prison whose accommodations are less severe than many other prisons. The term is a pun on the "Club Med" chain of all-inclusive resorts. The 1999 movie Office Space made a reference to this style of prison by referring to it as a, "white-collar, minimum-security resort." They also referred to the opposite of this as, "Federal Pound Me In The Ass Prison".
Differential treatment for white-collar offenders
Because white-collar crimes are committed without violence, they are most likely to garner less severe criminal penalties.
Club Fed in Canada
In Canada, "Club Fed" was used derisively to describe the Joliette Institution For Women, the Joliette prison where serial killer Karla Homolka was held, because of the prison's supposedly luxurious conditions and lax restrictions, claims the prison has denied.