Bulls Behaving Badly

Inmates blow the whistle on male guards at a Pueblo women's prison.

"They promised they weren't going to move me from there, but in a way, it was good they did," she says now. She is receiving counseling, seeking help for other medical issues -- and preparing a lawsuit against the Department of Corrections over her treatment at PMC.

Gardesani thinks it would be better if the DOC allowed only female staff to supervise female prisoners. "Things can happen with a woman, too," she says, "but I think the damage is less."

Rulo says that Colorado's vigilance in investigating reports of sexual misconduct has become a model for other prison systems -- but that doesn't make the misconduct go away.

Full disclosure: Robin Darbyshire (inset) advised 
fellow prisoner Elizabeth Gardesani after she was 
allegedly raped by a guard.
Full disclosure: Robin Darbyshire (inset) advised fellow prisoner Elizabeth Gardesani after she was allegedly raped by a guard.

"It's like an ancient philosopher once said," he sighs. "Proximity creates more relationships than destiny ever will."

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