Jerry Sandusky sent to a maximum security prison that houses death row inmates

Martin Rogers
Dr. Saturday

Jerry Sandusky will likely spend his remaining years in isolation at a maximum security prison that holds most of Pennsylvania's death row inmates.

The former Penn State assistant football coach, sentenced on Oct. 9 to 30 to 60 years for a series of sickening child molestation offenses, was moved from a facility near Harrisburg, Pa., to Greene State Prison, tucked in the southwest corner of the state.

Sandusky, 68, will be housed in protective custody for his own safety and his contact with other individuals with be severely limited.

The profile of the Sandusky case has led correctional officials to believe he could become a target and it was felt he could be best protected at Greene, known as a "Supermax" prison designed to hold the most serious and dangerous criminals.

"We make individual decisions based on facts," said Corrections Secretary John Wetzel, in a written statement. "Given the high profile nature of this individual, coupled with the nature of his crimes, this makes him very vulnerable in a prison setting."

Sandusky will have little interaction with the prison's other 1,800 inmates, who are monitored by a staff of 700, and will be assigned to a cell by himself, where he will eat all of his meals. He will be granted an hour of solitary exercise at an open area five days a week and be allowed to shower three days per week. On any occasion where he is permitted to leave his cell, he will receive extra security supervision and an escort, to guard him from harm from other prisoners.

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Privileges such as a television and some personal items may be allowed depending on his record of behavior.

Greene already houses some notorious criminals, including former rapper Cool C and Mumia Abu Jamal, previously a senior member of the Black Panthers.

Any visits Sandusky receives from family, friends or his legal representatives will be non-contact, with a glass screen between the former coach and his visitors.

Since his conviction, Sandusky had been detained at a holding center near Harrisburg, while the most suitable correctional facility for his incarceration was determined.

Sandusky has shown no remorse for his actions, continuing to plead his innocence on the 45 counts of sexual abuse he was found guilty of against 10 boys over a 15-year period and insisting he is determined to pursue an appeal.

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