What will life be like for ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich in federal prison? We were joined by someone who knows first-hand: Scott Fawell was Gov. George Ryan's chief of staff and campaign manager. He served four and a half years in a South Dakota prison.
Fawell said in prison, you cope because you have to.
“You have to find a routine, and do it every day, and keep plugging along,” Fawell said.
“Time does pass.”
Fawell said he didn’t have a calendar in prison, so it was almost like Groundhog Day every day.
He said inmates have a job in the prison (for 12 cents an hour), which helps provide structure and pass the time.
It’s worse on the family, Fawell said. Once someone is in prison, they are taken care of and have their work to do. Back home, the family has to cope with them being gone and deal with day-to-day problems.
Fawell said family visits are important, and they have to work to keep a connection because prisoners only get 300 minutes a month on the phone.