Federal inmate 40892-424 has his voice back.More than five years after he went to prison for corruption, disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich is speaking out for the first time since beginning his sentence.Details of Blagojevich’s first prison interview were published online late Monday by Chicago magazine and will appear in its October issue, done in a series of phone calls and emails over the summer with writer David Bernstein. NBC-Ch. 5 also aired an interview with Blagojevich on its newscast Monday night.The interviews paint a picture of a former governor who remains unrepentant and unbowed, if bruised, as he serves his 14-year-sentence. Among the tidbits on Blagojevich’s life inside a federal correctional facility in Colorado:• His prison ID was often a theft target when he first arrived because inmates believed they could sell it on the outside.• He doesn’t have internet access or keep up with any news that closely, but “I know about the murder rate in Chicago.”• He doesn’t watch many movies, either, recalling seeing “Lincoln,” starring Daniel Day-Lewis recently and “Ghost,” the old Patrick Swayze film.• His prison nickname is “Gov,” and while he still reads and jogs religiously, he doesn’t follow politics.• He makes $8 a… Read full this story
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