After his conviction on federal corruption charges, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is expected to have a prison job scrubbing toilets or mopping floors at 12 cents an hour, his incessant jogging confined to a prison yard, and most painful of all, restricted visits from his wife and two daughters, the Associated Press reports. One fellow politician who served time in federal prison on corruption charges, former Chicago city clerk Jim Laski, says, “I missed my kids’ birthdays, graduations [ ] you don’t ever see children playing, there’s a sense of total isolation, you’re subject to body-cavity searches — it’s horrible!”
“There’s always a sense of precariousness because a child whose parent has gone wonders, ‘What else in my life can be taken away?'” said Mindy Clark of Oregon-based Children’s Justice Alliance, which helps families of imprisoned relatives. The guidebook for a federal prison in Oxford, Wi., says inmates get 300 minutes a month on the phone. Cell phones are prohibited. Prisoners, all of whom share rooms, wake at 6:00 a.m. and are subject to head counts half a dozen times a day.