Former assistant Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky is none too pleased about his confinement at Greene State Prison in southwestern Pennsylvania, according to recent statements by his lawyer.
Last month, attorney Karl Rominger told Sportingnews.com that the 68-year-old pedophile wants to be housed under less restrictive conditions at the maximum-security state prison.
"He's not happy being stuck in a cell 23 hours a day," Rominger told the website.
Sandusky, a man who was once one of the most celebrated figures in the history of college sports, is rated a Level 2 inmate, but prison officials have reportedly housed him under Level 5 conditions, out of concerns for his safety.
Because of his classification, Sandusky is isolated inside his cell for 23 hours a day during the week and is not allowed out at all on the weekends, his lawyer said.
Rominger said he was going to write a letter to the prison warden about the situation. The status of that complaint remains unclear.
"We're not completely devoid of common sense," Rominger told Sportingnews.com. "We understand the prison system is trying to balance their concerns about physical safety. We are just looking for middle ground."
However, there are some perks that come with Sandusky's prison status. Unlike typical Level 5 prisoners, Sandusky is allowed to have a TV in his cell and can make two phone calls a month, giving him some freedom while he serves out his 30- to 60-year prison sentence.
The 68-year-old former coach was convicted in 2012 of 45 counts related to the sexual assault of 10 boys over a 15-year period.
Nevertheless, the convicted child molester is under the impression he will be OK with the prison's general population, according to his attorney.
"It's a tough life, Level 5," Rominger told Sportingnews.com. "And I know some people in the public will say, 'Who cares?' But the answer is, 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."
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