Facts about prison life awaiting Blagojevich

Associated Press
Updated 12/7/2011 7:10 PM

Some facts about the prison life that awaits former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was sentenced Wednesday to 14 years in prison for multiple corruption convictions:

-- Blagojevich, a Democrat, is likely headed to a federal prison outside Illinois, possibly in Oxford, Wis., or Terre Haute, Ind., where his predecessor as governor, Republican George Ryan, is serving a 6 1/2 -year prison sentence for corruption.


-- Prisons with white-collar felons usually have minimal security, often with just a simple fence. While they are sometimes dubbed Club Fed, they are hardly luxurious. Inmates' lives are strictly regimented and they are largely cut off from the outside world.

-- Blagojevich will have to work an eight-hour-a-day prison job -- possibly scrubbing toilets or mopping floors -- at a starting wage of 12 cents an hour, or about a dollar a day. Earning any outside revenue, including from books or articles, is forbidden.

-- Internet and cell phone use is prohibited. Inmates receive 300 minutes a month on a phone to call family -- or about 10 minutes a day.

-- Blagojevich won't have to cut his trademark hair. Prison guidebooks say, "Your hair may be worn in any style and length you wish."

-- The former governor will be given an eight-digit number, which will be affixed to his prison clothes.

-- Prisoners, all of whom share rooms, wake at 6 a.m. and are subject to head counts half a dozen times a day.

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-- Blagojevich, an avid jogger, will have to settle for running in circles on a prison track or around a yard.


Sources: Federal prison guidebooks, U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

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