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Behind Bars: Deciding how to make the most of my remaining time in prison

I have been asked several times by other prisoners why I’m still in Gunnison. What they are really asking is why I haven’t applied to go elsewhere and utilize my gate-pass.When prisoners get closer to their release dates, they become eligible for a few additional jobs working outside the ...

Behind Bars: Will work for food — or not

The way you are treated in prison takes some getting used to.There is little to no trust extended to prisoners. All of our movement is controlled and under surveillance. Our decisions on many things are made for us.After a few years, I’ve gotten used to this being my reality, so when I’m ...

Behind Bars: What’s the goal of prison, correction or punishment?

During my time within the penal system, I have observed a two-party system amongst the faculty and administration.On one side, you have those who believe the goal of the Department of Corrections is to rehabilitate and better the inmate population through education and programs. On the other ...

Behind Bars: With its low success rate, parole is a scary proposition

Parole is a rather scary proposition. I’m told that three out of four parolees don’t complete it successfully.When someone is on parole, they’re still considered to be serving their sentence. At any time, they can be taken back to prison.Because of this, prisoners are constantly asking ...

Behind Bars: Focusing on the expectations I have for myself, not on others’

My parents visited me last week, and it was a bit of an eye-opening experience. This was the third time I have seen them in the three-plus years I’ve been locked up, with all three visits coming in the last six months.I’m just starting to understand the tough road I have in front of me. ...

Behind Bars column gives a voice, insight to a hidden population

Three years ago, I met a man who changed the way I look at the world. It was then that I started visiting Brian Wood in the Davis County Detention Center.Although I knew Brian’s dad, I had only met Brian briefly one time. What drew me to make that first visit was a mix of benevolent ...

Behind Bars: Welcome to Shady Acres — zero days since last incident

The new building in Gunnison was finally opened at the end of January. Since then there has been quite the shuffling of prisoners from one housing unit to another. I was moved to a section called “Shady Acres.” It is sort of like a retirement community.The majority of the inmates here are ...

Behind Bars: Officers don’t mess around when it comes to intervention, safety

On average, there are about one or two fights per week here in Gunnison. I’ve seen two in as many weeks, and what I’ve noticed is that when there is a fight in prison, rarely does anyone stop it before it has run its course, even if an officer is close enough to watch it happen.Officers may ...