Ousted Gov. Blagojevich Reports To Prison In Colo. This Week

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich Will Be Housed At Englewood Federal Prison

Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is expected to arrive in Colorado this week to serve his prison sentence.

Blagojevich asked to be sent to the federal prison in Littleton. The judge agreed.

Blagojevich was convicted of corruption charges, including allegations that he tried to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat. He was sentenced to 14 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

Blagojevich will serve his time at a low-security Federal Correctional Institution Englewood in Littleton, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The newspaper reported that Blagojevich hopes to enroll in a substance-abuse program at the prison, which could shave up to a year off his sentence.

Attorney Sheldon Sorosky said the Blagojevich family isn't moving to Colorado.

Blagojevich is scheduled to report to prison by Thursday.

About FCI Englewood

The Federal Correctional Institution Englewood in Littleton is a low-security facility housing male offenders. The institution also has an administrative detention center and an adjacent satellite prison camp for minimum-security male offenders.

FCI Englewood is located 15 miles southwest of Denver, off U.S. Highway 285 and South Kipling Street.

Blagojevich reportedly chose it because it ranks as one of the less violent and less crowded federal prisons, and it is near a major airport, so it will be easier for guests to visit than prisons in rural, remote locations.

But former federal inmates say serving time will be a big adjustment for the governor.

"It's going to be a Groundhog Day experience," said Larry Levine, a former federal inmate who know works with prisoners before they go into custody. "My best advice? There are no conjugal visits in federal prison, so he and his wife need to take advantage of the time they have left because 14 years is a long time."

The federal prison is the same one Timothy McVeigh was held in during his Oklahoma City bombing trial in Denver.

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