Rod could keep his locks in prison
SPRINGFIELD -- With Rod Blagojevich perhaps facing time in federal prison following his conviction Monday, he can take some solace in knowing that guards don't have a strict hair care policy.
Blagojevich won't be sentenced for a while and there's no telling what the appeals process will bring.
But a Federal Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman said that as long as inmates keep their hair clean, styling is up to them.
"They can wear their hair in whatever style they want," said spokeswoman Traci Billingsley.
Blagojevich's hair is iconic, and the former governor used to refer to his hairbrush as "the football" -- a play on the nuclear football containing warhead launch codes that U.S. presidents always have access to.
If Blagojevich becomes a federal inmate, he'll have access to barbers who are brought to prison regularly. He can ask them for whatever style he wants, Billingsley said.
How often the barbers come varies by prison.
That kind of open-ended policy could give Blagojevich a chance to branch out. Billingsley said inmates just have to have good hygiene.
"They don't have to cut their hair," she said.