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Patti Blagojevich Visits Rod In Prison, Calls It 'The Saddest Place On Earth'

Posted: Updated: 05/15/2012 3:41 pm

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Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, left, and his wife, Patti, arrive at the federal courthouse.

Two months after her husband, former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, began serving a 14-year prison sentence for his federal corruption convictions, Patti Blagojevich brought her two daughters to visit their father at the Denver facility.

The famously media-friendly former First Lady of Illinois posted about the trip on her Facebook page, according to the Associated Press:

we spent the weekend in Denver visiting rod. So happy to see us and we were so happy tosee him. That visiting room has to beone of the saddest places on earth, though. All those little kids visiting their dads. It breaks your heart.

Blagojevich, or inmate No. 40892-424, is serving his sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Englewood in suburban Denver, where he recently began teaching Shakespeare to inmates after cleaning dishes for a mandatory 90 days.

The former governor requested the low-security Colorado facility in part based on its proximity to an airport, making it more accessible for family visits. It is also reportedly safer than other federal prisons.

Wife Patti Blagojevich has maintained her husband's innocence and has said publicly that she still has faith in their marriage.

Earlier on HuffPost:

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  • Rod Blagojevich

    Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, center, walks with attorneys as he arrives at the Federal Correctional Institution Englewood in Littleton, Colo., on Thursday, March 15, 2012, where he began serving his 14-year sentence for corruption. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

  • Rod Blagojevich

    Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich walks out of his home with his wife Patti to speak to the media Wednesday, March 14, 2012 in Chicago. The 55-year-old Democrat is due to report to a prison in Colorado on Thursday to begin serving a 14-year sentence, making him the second Illinois governor in a row to go to prison for corruption. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

  • Patti Blagojevich

    Patti Blagojevich, left, stands with her daughter Annie, as former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich signs autographs after his scheduled statement to reporters and his eventual departure for a medium-security facility in Littleton, Colo., for his 14-year sentence on corruption charges, that include his attempt to sell President Barack Obama's former Senate seat. Wednesday, March 14, 2012, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

  • Rod Blagojevich

    Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich reaches over to supporters outside of his home Wednesday, March 14, 2012 in Chicago. Blagojevich was convicted of 18 criminal counts over two trials, including charges that accused him of attempting to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama's vacated U.S. The 55-year-old Democrat is due to report to a prison in Colorado on Thursday to begin serving a 14-year sentence, making him the second Illinois governor in a row to go to prison for corruption. At left is his daughter Annie. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

  • Rod Blagojevich

    Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is surrounded by journalists outside of his home Wednesday, March 14, 2012, in Chicago. Blagojevich was convicted of 18 criminal counts over two trials, including charges that accused him of attempting to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat. The 55-year-old Democrat is due to report to a prison in Colorado on Thursday to begin serving a 14-year sentence, making him the second Illinois governor in a row to go to prison for corruption. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

  • Supporters write their well wishes on a banner outside of the home of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich Wednesday, March 14, 2012 in Chicago. Blagojevich was convicted of 18 criminal counts over two trials, including charges that accused him of attempting to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat. Blagojevich is expected to be reporting to this facility March 15, 2012, to begin serving his 14-year sentence. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

  • Rod Blagojevich

    Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is surrounded by journalists outside of his home Wednesday, March 14, 2012, in Chicago, as he arrives with his daughter Annie. Blagojevich was convicted of 18 criminal counts over two trials, including charges that accused him of attempting to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat. Blagojevich is expected to be reporting to this facility March 15, 2012, to begin serving his 14-year sentence. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

  • Rod Blagojevich, AnnieBlagojevich

    Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich leaves home with his daughter Annie before his scheduled address to reporters and his eventual departure for a medium-security facility in Littleton, Colo., for his 14-year sentence on corruption charges, that include his attempt to sell President Barack Obama's former Senate seat. Wednesday, March 14, 2012, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

  • Rod Blagojevich, Annie Blagojevich

    Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his daughter Annie leave their home before his scheduled address to reporters and his eventual departure for a medium-security facility in Littleton, Colo., for his 14-year sentence on corruption charges, that include his attempt to sell President Barack Obama's former Senate seat. Wednesday, March 14, 2012, in Chicago. The man behind Blagojevich is unidentified. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

  • Ziff Sistrunk Sr., Fran Arnold

    Supporters Ziff Sistrunk Sr. and Fran Arnold put up signs outside the home of Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, Wednesday, March 14, 2012, in Chicago. Blagojevich is scheduled to deliver a last statement Wednesday evening before he has to report to prison in Colorado on Thursday to begin serving a 14-year sentence on corruption charges. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

  • Englewood Federal Correctional Institution

    This undated photo provided by the Federal Bureau of Prisons shows a four-man cell at the Englewood Federal Correctional Institution in Littleton, Colo. Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted on multiple corruption counts, is expected to be reporting to this facility March 15, 2012, to begin serving his 14-year sentence. (AP Photo/Federal Bureau of Prisons)

  • Englewood Federal Correctional Institution

    This 2006 photo provided by the Federal Bureau of Prisons shows an aerial view of the Englewood Federal Correctional Institution in Littleton, Colo., with the city of Denver seen in the background. Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted on multiple corruption counts, is expected to be reporting to this facility March 15, 2012, to begin serving his 14-year sentence. (AP Photo/Federal Bureau of Prisons)

  • Rod Blagojevich Makes A Statement Before Beginning 14-Year Prison Term

    CHICAGO - MARCH 14: Convicted former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (R) hugs his daughter Annie as they walk toward a waiting car as he holds a news conference outside his home March 14, 2012 in Chicago. Blagojevich must report to a federal prison in Colorado by tomorrow, to start serving a 14-year term he received for his conviction on numerous counts of fraud and corruption including attempting to sell the vacant U.S. Senate seat held by then Senator Barack Obama. (Photo by Frank Polich/Getty Images)

  • Rod Blagojevich Makes A Statement Before Beginning 14-Year Prison Term

    CHICAGO - MARCH 14: Eddie Martinez, a supporter of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, ties a balloon to the railing on the front porch of Blagojevich's home shortly before Blagojevich holds a news conference outside his home March 14, 2012 in Chicago. Blagojevich must report to a federal prison in Colorado by tomorrow to start serving a 14-year term he received for his conviction on numerous counts of fraud and corruption including attempting to sell the vacant U.S. Senate seat held by then U.S. Sen. Barack Obama. (Photo by Frank Polich/Getty Images)

  • Rod Blagojevich

    Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich reacts as he departs his Chicago home for Littleton, Colo., to begin his 14-year prison sentence on corruption charges Thursday, March 15, 2012. The 55-year-old Democrat becomes the second Illinois governor in a row to go to prison for corruption. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

  • Rod Blagojevich

    Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich departs his Chicago home for Littleton, Colo., to begin his 14-year prison sentence on corruption charges Thursday, March 15, 2012. The 55-year-old Democrat becomes the second Illinois governor in a row to go to prison for corruption. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

  • Rod Blagojevich

    Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich departs his Chicago home for Littleton, Colo., to begin his 14-year prison sentence on corruption charges Thursday, March 15, 2012. The 55-year-old Democrat becomes the second Illinois governor in a row to go to prison for corruption. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

  • Rod Blagojevich

    A single television reporter files a live report before former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich departs his Chicago home for Littleton, Colo., to begin his 14-year prison sentence on corruption charges Thursday, March 15, 2012. The 55-year-old Democrat becomes the second Illinois governor in a row to go to prison for corruption. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

  • Rod Blagojevich

    Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich departs his Chicago home for Littleton, Colo., to begin his 14-year prison sentence on corruption charges Thursday, March 15, 2012. The 55-year-old Democrat becomes the second Illinois governor in a row to go to prison for corruption. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

  • Rod Blagojevich

    Annie Blagojevich, daughter of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, watches as her father is surrounded by the media in front of their home Wednesday, March 14, 2012 in Chicago. The 55-year-old Democrat is due to report to a prison in Colorado on Thursday to begin serving a 14-year sentence, making him the second Illinois governor in a row to go to prison for corruption. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

  • Rod Blagojevich

    Two men stand guard on the porch of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's home Wednesday, March 14, 2012, in Chicago. The 55-year-old Democrat is due to report to a prison in Colorado on Thursday to begin serving a 14-year sentence, making him the second Illinois governor in a row to go to prison for corruption. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

  • Rod Blagojevich

    Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich reaches over a railing to autograph a "Free Blago" sign after his scheduled address to reporters Wednesday, March 14, 2012, in Chicago. The 55-year-old Democrat is due to report to a prison in Colorado on Thursday to begin serving a 14-year sentence, making him the second Illinois governor in a row to go to prison for corruption. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

  • Rod Blagojevich

    Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, with his wife Patti at his side, speaks to the media Wednesday, March 14, 2012 in Chicago. The 55-year-old Democrat is due to report to a prison in Colorado on Thursday to begin serving a 14-year sentence, making him the second Illinois governor in a row to go to prison for corruption. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

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