Rod Blagojevich's Last Day of Freedom
Rod Blagojevich begins his 14 year prison sentence on Thursday. At 5 pm CST today, he will hold a press conference at his home. The next morning he will fly to Colorado with his attorney, and surrender at FCI Englewood, a low security level prison outside of Denver.
There will be many saying Blagojevich got his due. I think the sentence is too harsh. He's neither violent nor a safety threat, the conviction ended his public career and ostracized him. He's broke. His daughters will grow up without a father. One day he's here, next day he's not.
FCI Englewood is pretty decent for a prison. But it's still a prison and I doubt anything can prepare him for the lack of privacy, boredom and the strict regimentation he's about to experience.[More...]
I think Blago will make friends, If Celebrity Apprentice is any indication of his personality, he has a knack for getting along with people quite different than him. His tendency to be self-deprecating rather than arrogant will probably help. He'll have Enron's Jeffrey Skilling and several other white collar inmates to hang out with, but I won't be surprised if he prefers hanging out with the more ordinary inmates. They'll have more interesting stories to tell.
I suspect today we'll hear Blagojevich tell everyone he'll be okay. I doubt he will be sound bitter or angry. He'll want his daughters to be proud of him.
What I can't imagine is how he will cope with the reality of the length of his sentence when it sets in.
For a few years, he'll have the hope his appeal will overturn the convictions. If that's denied, he'll have hope for a habeas. But if that's denied and the denial is upheld, he's in for the long haul.
Here's the current admission and orientation handbook.
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