What Penn State’s Jerry Sandusky Can Expect in Prison


Jerry Sandusky, who was sentenced today to at least 30 years in prison, will go behind bars with little more than a watch and wedding band, reports the Associated Press. He’ll be able to work a 30-hour week to make a few dollars. He’ll be able to watch Penn State football, where he formerly was a coach, but not violent movies. Even Sandusky’s own attorney believes that whatever sentence he gets, at age 68 he will likely live out his days inside a state prison. Prison officials, written policies and former offenders provided a detailed look to The Associated Press about the regimented life behind bars that Sandusky faces. (Yesterday, Sandusky released a radio address insisting he is innocent and calling himself the victim of a conspiracy.)

Sandusky has been housed in isolation in a county jail cell since his conviction in June on 45 counts of child sexual abuse, and he has spent his days reading and writing, preparing a statement for sentencing and working out twice a day, defense attorney Joe Amendola said. Somey 6,800 sex offenders are scattered throughout the Pennsylvania prison system, which has no special units for them. Treatment is available for sex offenders, and those who hope to be paroled must participate. “My guess is he’ll wind up in a minimum-security facility, and probably a facility for nonviolent people,” Amendola said. One convicted sex offender who spent 10 years in prison told AP, “You can have some control over how obscure you are as a prisoner. You can either make yourself stand out, or you can stay closer to the woodwork. There’s no hiding that man.”

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