In With the New, Out With the Hooch

The only cocktails at the Denver County Jail this New Year's Eve were fruit cocktails.

With no clocks in their cells and without the benefit of watches, inmates had to guestimate the precise moment the new year arrived. Oliva says bar-rattling and shouting began about five minutes before midnight and lasted for about twenty minutes. There was no countdown, and only a few lonely streams of toilet paper flew through the air.

"Just because an individual is in jail," Oliva says, "doesn't mean he's forgotten what the holidays are like."

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