Sandusky: I Want Better Prison Conditions
Former Penn State coach planning an appeal
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Dec 8, 2012 5:51 AM CST
In this Oct. 9, 2012 file photo, former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, center, is taken from the Centre County Courthouse after being sentenced in Bellefonte, Pa.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Newser) – Jerry Sandusky is gearing up for another legal battle, says his lawyer: He wants better living conditions in prison. In a five-tier security rating system, Sandusky is a Level 2 prisoner—but he is living in harsher Level 5 conditions, lawyer Karl Rominger tells the AP following Sandusky's first meeting with his legal team since entering prison. The former Penn State coach spends 23 hours a day isolated in his cell on weekdays; on weekends it's 24 hours, Rominger notes. He does, however, get two phone calls a month, while others at Level 5 get just one. He also has a TV, unlike most Level 5 inmates, Rominger says.

"We understand the prison system is trying to balance their concerns about physical safety. We are just looking for middle ground," he adds. "I know some people in the public will say, `Who cares?' But ... I thought we believe in equality in America. And while he's a convicted sex offender in Pennsylvania, he would like to be treated like every other convicted sex offender." Meanwhile, Sandusky is preparing an appeal. Speaking to him recently, "I was meeting with a man who was again ready to press forward, who has regenerated his energies and has clearly devoted his time and energy to perfecting that appeal," Rominger says. New legal arguments will come next month.

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charles9165
Dec 10, 2012 12:18 PM CST
Hey Bubba would you please help Jerry? He needs a friend.
charles9165
Dec 10, 2012 11:55 AM CST
How could life improve for Sandusky, as a child molester, in the World, let alone in prison? How about some Child Porn. Or..just maybe extra KY as he showers with some other convicts who are also FATHERS. I would be the first in line to help him,ya...I was raped and abused by a step-ater, ya I would happy to have himfor a cell-mate. And I'm 71 years old. I would love to introduce him to another sex act...fisting.
WHENWILLITALLEND
Dec 9, 2012 7:39 PM CST
Would Soap-On-A-Rope help the conditions there?