Limon prison memos: A new form of cruel and unusual punishment?

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One of the guilty pleasures here at the Crime & Punishment Desk is occasionally visiting the madness on display at The Real Colorado Department of Corrections, an anonymous blog by someone calling himself Thomas Paine. Mr. Paine apparently worked for DOC long enough to acquire a vast trove of unintentionally hilarious official memos.

Paine writes about other matters, too. Corruption in the prison system, wasted money and bad projects, that kind of thing. He's even commented on prison-related topics on The Latest Word, such as this take on prison rape. But it's the memos he's salvaged from his days at the Limon Correctional Facility, one of the most violent prisons in Colorado, that bring home the authentic feel of the bureaucratic mindset in our state's corrections empire.

These communiques, if not damning, are at least a pretty good indication of how grammar, language, and coherent thought have all been put in lockdown and are awaiting execution any day now.

My top five favorite examples:

5. From a memo from a sergeant to other staffers:

"It may appear to some that I was showing favoritism toward inmate M., that is not true if anything I am not mean spirit person and may be compassion should never be used in Correctional sitting. I can however point out several areas where favoritism may be happening in this unit, and it do come from me."

4. Management meeting minutes:

"The Visiting Room will not be staffed on Wednesday, August 23 due to staffing reasons."

3. More management meeting minutes:

"Beginning with the next rotation of donuts, the left over donut holes will be given to units on a rotating basis for the evening meal. "

2. From an incident report written by a sergeant:

"What ever directions I give to H is always taken with doubt that I know what I am talking about, or it is either not done or question, by going to others to see if what I have told her is correct. I believe she and others are attempting to undermine my work environment with this constant enormous attacks."

And a classic head-scratcher, or ass-wiper, or however you want to take it:

1. From a captain's memo to the inmates:

"In a continued effort to reduce the amount of toilet paper usage, rags will now be available for check out from the Sgts. Office. With an ID you can use a clean cloth rag and upon return into the soiled rag container your ID will be returned."

To which Paine adds: "Only in CDOC! Only at LCF!"

Other extremely painful memos can be found here.

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6 comments
Scretch
Scretch

everything in the toilet should stay in the toilet, you're looking for a whole lot of illness and disease if this is for real.

skatoolaki
skatoolaki

The most disturbing thing here is that is not not just relegated to the Colorado DOC.  I have stories from the Louisiana DOC that would shock the hell out of you.  The level of ignorance and corruption there makes the monkeys running the show look worse than the majority of inmates under their "care".

Seriously, I have often wondered if you have to be a high-school dropout or have failed basic grammar and common sense tests to even be hired on by the DOC.

Hannah
Hannah

I'm glad I don't work at the desk where they have the rag check out/check in desk.

Thomaspaine2nd
Thomaspaine2nd

It is definitely real. In fact, I posted that actual memo on my blog. And yes, illness and disease are a constant at LCF. The last few years I worked there MERSA outbreaks were quite common.

kimbev69
kimbev69

amazing just amazing wow!

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