Had Jerry Sandusky not been convicted of such heinous crimes against children, he could probably have a useful role in prison. He could organize a football team if one didn't exist and help the one which does. Bernie Madoff created space for himself as a teacher for the GED for inmates.
But given his sex crimes, which he doesn't admit to and hasn't expressed remorse for, he will be fortunate to just stay alive in prison. Tomorrow when he is sentenced, reports USA TODAY, he faces a maximum of 442 years. Although he will likely be segregated from the rest of the prison population, that does not guarantee that he will not be at least roughed up and at worst murdered. We know what happens to child molesters in the brutal world of jailhouse justice.
On the other hand, also sentenced this month will be Rajat Gupta for insider trading. Like Madoff he could make a productive adjustment to prison life. His skills in business management could equip inmates with the ability to start their own enterprises when they are released. The other inmates will probably admire his grit. He came from nothing and fought hard in his defense. A sophisticated guy, he probably understands how to handle all kinds of people.