So as the former glorified Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky embarks on the next chapter of his life, let’s take a look into what exactly it entails (hint: it won’t be the good life he was once accustomed to).
It is very unlikely that Sandusky will ever leave the prison system alive. At 68 and with a sentence ranging from 30 to 60 years, he will likely die behind bars.
Following his sentence, he headed to Camp Hill State Prison (the pictures of this facility are shown in this post), near Harrisburg, to determine where and how he will spend the rest of his life in jail.
Apparently, officials from the Department of Corrections need to take into account the medical, mental and security needs of a rotten old pedophile.
“Danger is always a consideration but I think the people in the Department of Corrections would probably say they’re very equipped to ensure the safety of inmates,” William DiMascio, executive director of the Pennsylvania Prison Society, told ABC News.
From there, he will most likely be sent to a low-security prison specializing in older inmates or those with psychological issues, including one in eastern Pennsylvania with many sex offenders.
But with 26 prisons as options in Pennsylvania, the world is an oyster for Sandusky.
He will be served two hot meals per day and can earn a whopping pay that ranges from 19 cents to 51 cents an hour if he chooses to work doing kitchen duties, maintenance and other jobs.
He will most likely have a cellmate, most probably be kept in solitary confinement in the beginning out of fear people want to make an example of him (he was wearing a bulletproof vest underneath his jumpsuit on Tuesday).
But Sandusky has two lights shining so brightly for him in his new life behind bars.
1) According to one prison inmate, Pennsylvania prisons are very non-violent.
A former state prison inmate, who was convicted of sex crimes, told ABC News anonymously: “People are going to know who he is, it’s very hard to remain anonymous. You wear your name on your clothes in state prison.
“There will be a substantial amount of verbal harassment, but physical is much less common in Pennsylvania prisons than people think. Pennsylvania prisons are very non-violent.”
2) He can still view his favorite Penn State games– state prison inmates have access to a shared television and can buy one for their room, although they must pay the cable bill.
And perhaps his life behind bars will give him plenty of time to reflect upon the emotional damages he has inflicted on others. Perhaps….