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Sandusky transferred to 'home' institution to serve 30-60 year sentence


In this booking photo released early Saturday morning June 23, 2012 by the Centre County Correctional Facility in Bellefonte, Pa., former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is shown. Sandusky was convicted on Friday, June 22, 2012, of sexually assaulting 10 boys over 15 years Friday, accusations that had sent shock waves through the college campus known as Happy Valley and led to the firing of Penn State's beloved Hall of Fame coach, Joe Paterno.. (AP Photo/Centre County Correctional Facility)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - After evaluation upon reception to the Department of Corrections, Jerry Sandusky was transferred to the State Correctional Institution in Greene County Wednesday to serve his 30-to-60-year sentence.

"While we normally do not discuss placement of inmates, this individual's notoriety called for the release of this information," Corrections Secretary John Wetzel said. "We make individual decisions based on facts. Given the high profile nature of this individual, coupled with the nature of his crimes, this makes him very vulnerable in a prison setting. As such, he will be placed in protective custody at SCI Greene to ensure his safety while in custody."

Wetzel said SCI Greene’s staff, led by Superintendent Lou Folino, will continue to monitor and assess this inmate, as they do with all inmates, and make status adjustments as indicated.

Protective custody involves being housed in a single cell while under additional supervision and escort whenever out of the cell. 

Inmates in this type of custody are offered one hour of individual exercise per day, five days a week and showers three times a week. 

All meals are served and eaten in the cell. All prison services, such as counseling, religion, medications and treatment programming is delivered in-cell.

Necessary medical and dental services are provided by clinical staff under escort of security personnel. All visits are non-contact.

Protective custody inmates are permitted to possess a television, radio and other personal property as authorized by the prison and conditional upon their compliant adjustment.

SCI Greene opened in 1994. It houses nearly 1,800 inmates, and the facility employs 700 individuals.