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Jerry Sandusky moved to a maximum-security facility

Jerry Sandusky was sentenced Oct. 9. (Patrick Smith / Getty Images)

Jerry Sandusky has been transferred to a maximum-security prison in southwestern Pennsylvania that is home to most of the state’s death-row inmates.

“We make individual decisions based on facts,” Corrections Dept. Secretary John Wetzel said in a written statement (via “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 held in county jail after his conviction in June on 45 counts of sexually abusing 10 boys. Then he was transferred to a prison for an evaluation to determine the facility in which he would serve his 30-year minimum sentence.

In the State Correctional Institution at Greene, Sandusky, who has maintained his innocence and is appealing his conviction, will have a cell to himself and get an hour of individual exercise five days a week. He will be allowed to shower three times a week and must be accompanied by an escort when he is out of his cell. He will eat his meals and receive any services (like counseling) in his cell. Based on his behavior, he will be allowed to have a TV, radio or other property. Visits will be non-contact, with no touching allowed.

The prison houses 1,800 inmates. The evaluation process was expected to last several weeks, but Sandusky was transferred just over a week after arriving at the Diagnostic and Classification Center at State Correctional Institution.

Corrections Department spokeswoman Susan McNaughton said there was no expedited process for Sandusky, but “given the circumstances of the crime and the offender, it was important to process him quickly,” Susan McNaughton, a Corrections Department spokeswoman told, adding that the process was not expedited. “Just common sense when dealing with such a high-profile inmate.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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