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Life on death row: A look at what Jodi Arias awaits if given death penalty

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It's either life behind bars or the death penalty for Jodi Arias. Depending on what the jury decides, her life behind bars is going to change dramatically one way or another.

We got a preview of what she can expect.

No matter what her punishment is, the remainder of Jodi's life will be stark. For perspective on what may happen, we turned to Barrett Marson, a former spokesman for the Arizona Department of Corrections.

"If she gets death, that cell is there, it's ready and she goes straight to there," says Marson. He describes the cell as barren.

"It's about 8 by 10 give or take. It'll have a bed, it'll have a little foot locker for her to put stuff in, she'll be able to buy a TV -- it won't come with a TV and it will have a very small window for her to look on to the outside."

Arias will likely get little contact with anyone.

"If she is convicted of the death penalty, she'll get out of her cell for about two hours a day, three days a week to recreate and to see the sun but she will not be recreating with other prisoners," says Marson.

If the jury decides Arias should spend her life in prison, conditions could be pretty similar to death row, says Marson. At least for the first few years.

"She eventually can earn her way down to a medium security dorm room setting. But for her first years in prison, she's going to have to earn that, she's going to have to have good behavior to move down custody levels."

In court Tuesday, begging for her life, Arias spoke about the programs she would start if she spends life in prison.

"In prison there are programs I can start and people I can help and programs I can continue to participate in," Arias said. "If I get permission I'd like to implement a recycling program... I can help other women become literate."

But Marson says, those endeavors are probably unlikely.

"The idea that a new prisoner could come in and all of a sudden, change the way things have been done. They have paid people, specialists, who create these great programs to help rehabilitate women. Jodi Arias is not going to add any unique programming to this culture."

If she does get condemned to that death row cell, she can purchase a TV for $300. It does come with basic cable. She will also have access to newspapers, if she wants to pay for those.

The jury will continue deliberating Jodi's fate Wednesday morning.


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