"What You Deserve"

A lawsuit claims brutal treatment of prisoners after last year's riot.

The investigative files also indicate that some prisoners performed heroically during the riot. Inmates in one honor pod repelled rioters who tried to enter their house and manned a bucket brigade to put out fires. Afterward, they were shoved into overcrowded cells with no mattresses or shipped off to more restrictive prisons or county jails.

The prison was locked down for nearly a month after the riot. Recently paroled inmates say that conditions at Crowley are no better than before, and possibly worse, with limited access to recreation and to the DOC's monitors. "I rarely saw a monitor around," says Adams, who's now in a Denver halfway house. "They'd have us cleaning the place a day before any inspection."

Inmate Oscar Barron, who left Crowley last spring and is now on parole on a robbery charge, says staff training is still a sore point. "They've got guys right out of high school and old ladies," he says. "Come on. Are they going to protect you if something happens?"

The DOC did not respond to questions about its officers' alleged mistreatment of handcuffed inmates.

CCA spokesman Steve Owen hadn't seen a copy of the complaint and declined to comment on the specifics of the lawsuit. "CCA will aggressively defend the complaint," he says. "Beyond that, we believe the most appropriate venue to respond is through proper court filings rather than by way of public comment."

Adele Kimmel, staff attorney for Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, says her group became involved in the case because of a lack of "significant reform" in the way CCA manages its four prisons in southeastern Colorado. "We think the lawsuit is the best mechanism for holding CCA accountable and preventing future riots," she says.

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Terry Borrowdale needs too change his name ...He is not &Never was a Borrowdale..,!!" He married in to this family & shame on the family member who has not taken action against this ...this man has taken away the childhood of so many children.... God Bless all of his victims and there family's.. please know that our family never knew this beast ...I hope for the love of all involved...? Your children have preserved? & are living a happy life ...If you would like you can see that our family is one if love and would have never allowed someone like this in ..the family member that was married too this monster was not in contact with the family.. until lets just say ..a long time !"""...I know why now ..please help me in my quest in getting this mans names changed please it is defacing my family.. and my family members who are no longer w/ us ....contact me ,@ michelewebb42@gmail.com or on Facebook.... Michele racheal Borrowdale Webb.... thank you.."" God Bless all your family's ..this man ..wait not even a man ..should tot in hell''''

 
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