Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will serve his 14-year sentence at a federal prison in scenic Englewood, Co., reports the Chicago Tribune. Blagojevich, who is due to report to prison by March 15, hopes to enroll in a substance-abuse program at the prison, which could shave off up to a year of his sentence. Englewood has a reputation for being less crowded and violent than other facilities in the federal system.
Scott Fawell, a co-defendant of former Illinois Gov. George Ryan, said, “Most of the guys I knew (that were familiar with Englewood) said it was nice. It beats being in the middle of cornfields. Most places where they build prisons are not nice. They're (dumps).” The flamboyant former governor will become Englewood’s most famous resident, though it also houses disgraced Enron executive Jeffrey Skilling. Prison staff tend to take a hard line with high-profile inmates, especially early in their sentence, Fawell said. Being in an area where the staff will know less about him might mean he gets a little kinder treatment, he said.