Prisoners of Sex

Colorado's costly program for violent teens was supposed to turn these girls around. Instead, they got turned out.

Jessica Jiron completed her parole successfully. She has a job and a boyfriend. She doesn't think much about YOS, or the troubles she endured there, unless something happens to remind her.

Not long ago, Jiron met up with a boy who had been in the program when she was there. The boy had been romantically linked to a female guard, a guard who was recently transferred from YOS to another prison for reasons that DOC authorities refuse to discuss.

Jiron asked him if he still saw the woman.

 
John Johnston
 
Former YOS resident Pene Carsen-Tate
Former YOS resident Pene Carsen-Tate

"He told me they were getting married," she says.

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