Once he has received his housing assignment, he will have the option of participating in a treatment program for sex offenders. Though he likely will not ever be eligible to receive parole while he is alive, he may find it helpful, according to the ex-inmate.
"I got very friendly and close to all of the other guys who were similarly situated, and that's a good thing, from a therapeutic standpoint," the former prisoner said. "You meet a lot of people who are where you have been, and that breaks down a lot of barriers. He's going to maintain his innocence for awhile, but if he decides to he wants to say, 'yeah, there is some truth to it,' he'll find people like him."
The former inmate, who was also a convicted sex offender, said that there are no prisoners over the age of 90 in the system. He doubts Sandusky will make it to age 98.
Sandusky's day will consist of work, recreation time in the yard, and time spent in his cell reading or watching television, including Penn State football games.
"If he wants to buy a TV he can buy a small-screen TV, they only have to pay for the cable, and they have time out in the yard every day to work out, get exercise and whatnot," DiMascio said.
Because of his work in sports and athletics, he may be given a job organizing athletic programs, McCauley said. He could also work in the kitchen or doing janitorial work, though more prized positions include tutoring and clerical work, according to the former state prisoner.
He can use the money earned from his jobs, about $15 a month, for food or toiletries at the commissary or phone calls, for which he is allotted 15 minutes a day. He can also have visitors multiple times a week, though visits with minors - including his grandchildren - will be forbidden.
Sandusky maintains that he was wrongly convicted and will fight his conviction through an appeal.