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Jerry Sandusky transfered to 'home' prison in Greene County

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Published On: Oct 31 2012 02:51:55 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 31 2012 02:54:15 PM CDT
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HARRISBURG, Pa. -

Jerry Sandusky has a new place to call home.

The former Penn State assistant football coach was transferred Wednesday to the state prison in Waynesburg, Green Co.

Sandusky underwent evaluation at the state prison in Camp Hill before officials decided where he'd be sent to serve out 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,” said John Wetzel, the corrections secretary. “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."

According to prison officials, protective custody involves being housed in a single cell while under additional supervision and escort whenever out of the cell.  Inmates 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, and 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.

The prison staff will continue to monitor and assess Sandusky and make status adjustments as indicated, Wetzel said.

The prison in Greene County opened in 1994.  It houses nearly 1,800 inmates and employs 700 people.