Sandusky moved to prison housing death row inmates

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky on

Wednesday was sent to serve his child molestation prison sentence

at an institution in far southwestern Pennsylvania that includes

most of the state’s death row inmates.

The Corrections Department said Sandusky was transferred to

Greene State Prison after being evaluated at a facility outside

Harrisburg. Prison officials said he will be housed in protective

custody.

”We make individual decisions based on facts,” Corrections

Secretary John Wetzel said 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, 68, was convicted this summer of 45 criminal counts

for sexual abuse of 10 boys over 15 years. He has maintained his

innocence and is pursuing appeals.

The 30- to 60-year sentence imposed Oct. 9 means he faces the

likelihood of dying in prison.

He will not have a cellmate and will be subject to heightened

supervision and an escort when not in his cell. He will get an hour

of individual exercise five days a week and three showers a

week.

He will eat meals in his cell. Prison services such as

counseling, religion, medications and treatment programming will

also occur in his cell.

All visits will be non-contact, meaning no touching is allowed.

He may have a TV, radio and other property, according to the

Corrections Department, if he is deemed to be in ”compliant

adjustment.”

Messages left for his attorneys were not immediately returned

Wednesday.

The State Correctional Institution at Greene, as it is formally

known, is a maximum-security prison that houses 1,800 inmates and

employs 700 people.

Sandusky was arrested a year ago after a lengthy investigation,

along with two university administrators accused of lying to the

grand jury that handled the Sandusky case and failing to properly

report his suspected child abuse.

Tim Curley, the athletic director on leave until the last year

of his contract expires, and retired vice president Gary Schultz

await trial in January and deny the allegations.

The Sandusky scandal led to the firing of longtime head coach

Joe Paterno, who died in January, and the ouster of university

president Graham Spanier, who hasn’t been charged with any crime.

It shattered the football program’s image and led to significant

changes in the university’s policies and governance.