What Will The Next 10 Years Be Like For Nagin?
What will the next 10 years be like for Ray Nagin now that his sentence at a federal prison in Texarkana, Texas has begun today?
Robert English is a professor at Loyola University and former Bureau of Prisons official. He says Texarkana is minimum security, but it's also minimal in terms of privacy.
"Camp is a dormitory-style housing unit, and he'll have bunk-mates," said English.
Nagin is reportedly filing an appeal with a public offender, because he can no longer afford to pay for a lawyer. English says in terms of personal property, Nagin will only be able to keep what can fit into a prison-issued foot locker. He'll also only be able to wear khaki.
He'll be given a job, and he can avail himself to any education he wants while he's there.
"Each inmate is issued about 5 pairs of trousers and T-shirts, and they are all the same color," said English.
English says the prisoners are not allowed to have any form of currency, and they can only purchase items approved by officials with money placed in their name — usually by family members.
As for his time there, "he'll be given a job, and he can avail himself to any education he wants while he's there," English said. "But that's basically it."