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
”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
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
Messages left for his attorneys were not immediately returned
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.