Ex-Ohio Congressman Says Prison Was Tough

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Youngstown, Ohio (AP) -- A former Ohio congressman just released from prison after serving more than seven years for corruption says he was put in jeopardy behind bars because of his views.

James Traficant made the comments in an interview to be broadcast Thursday night on the Fox News show "On The Record with Greta Van Susteren."

Traficant says life behind bars "was tough." he says was "put in a position to be hurt" at the Allenwood, Pa., federal prison because it had many illegal immigrants unhappy with his idea of patrolling the U.S. border with troops.

The nine-term democrat from Youngstown was released last week from prison.

He was convicted of racketeering, bribery, obstruction of justice and tax evasion.

The U.S. Bureau of Prisons says it's preparing a response to his comments.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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