Will Joe Nacchio Really Be Behind Bars Tomorrow?

April 13 2009, 12:09 PM

If Qwest's convicted former chief executive reports to Schuylkill prison in Pennsylvania, as expected, tomorrow, he will be issued a green uniform, shoes, toothbrush, toothpaste, razor, bar of soap, and laundry detergent after a strip search, according to The Denver Post, which notes that 59-year-old Nacchio will have a bunkmate within three hours of his arrival. Within days, he'll have a job, such as cleaning the bathrooms, for which he'll earn 12 to 40 cents an hour--a contrast to the $2.8 million he earned in salary and bonuses in 2000 before being found guilty of insider trading. Nacchio might want to bring along some cotton socks; the acrylic ones issued by the feds suck, according to Westword, which quotes an ex-con. Also, Nacchio shouldn't act like the smartest guy in the room, if so inclined. He's going to be a member of the "convicted class" now, and in that respect, everyone is an equal. But who knows? Maybe Nacchio can somehow put off the inevitable. His lawyers were working tirelessly last week to keep him free, according to The Associated Press.