But, she adds, "I'm concerned for his mental health. Because I don't know how anyone can withstand treatment like this.... There's got to be a point at which someone breaks."

Westword asked Clark how he feels about being in administrative segregation. "There's not enough time to explain how being in ad-seg makes me feel," he writes. "Overwhelmed, frustrated, angry, depressed, exhausted and resentful are a few.

"They stress 'strengthen family ties,' but I'm allowed six phone calls and four non-contact visits per month. They stress 'wellness,' but only offer medication as a remedy to all problems. They stress 'cleanliness,' but will deny me a shower whenever. They stress 'I should be pro-social,' but lock me in a bathroom 24/7. They won't let me get direct sunlight or participate in college courses. I feel like my stability is deteriorating."

Willie Clark.
Willie Clark.
Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams was killed in the early hours of New Year’s Day, 2007.
Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams was killed in the early hours of New Year’s Day, 2007.

Clark says he had another meeting with prison officials on October 16. "They recognize that I've earned my way out of here but they refuse to let me go," he writes.

"I know they know that I have a good shot at winning my appeals, so they're willing to do whatever to prevent me from helping my attorneys help me win.... I didn't kill these people, so I don't deserve to be treated like I have been. I haven't hugged my mom in over five years and that's not right at all! DOC officials have done whatever they want to me, and because of who I've been made out to be, no one has said anything. I'm still human and God and the U.S. Constitution say I deserve to be treated equally."

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But whether that will happen is anyone's guess.

On October 23, Clark was taken out of ad seg and shipped to a prison in another state, says DOC spokesman Hudson, as part of something called the "interstate compact," an agreement that allows Colorado to send certain inmates out of state for their own safety, and for those states to send certain inmates here. As of September 30, 91 out-of-state prisoners were serving their sentences here, and 110 Colorado inmates were doing their time in other states.

There are "various reasons" for the transfers, Hudson says; for instance, a police officer convicted of a crime might be transferred for fear he'd be targeted by other prisoners here.

In Clark's case, "it has to do with the fact that Mr. Clark is a high-profile offender," Hudson says. But the DOC spokesman wouldn't give any other details, including where Clark is now or even which states participate in the compact.

To Owen, the move seems retaliatory.

"This was an intentional attempt to prevent him from moving into general population," she says. "They appear to have this vendetta against Willie and this agenda of keeping him in administrative segregation placement indefinitely, and his behavior has clearly never warranted such a placement, so they need to come up with other reasons to do it."

In fact, on October 31, a Fremont County judge agreed that Clark doesn't belong in ad seg. In a ruling in Clark's civil case, Judge Stephen Groome upheld Clark's disciplinary conviction for fighting but wrote that there was "no evidence" that Clark incited a riot and, therefore, "there is no evidence supporting the hearing officer's decision to place [Clark] in administrative segregation."

But that ruling may not matter now that Clark is in another state (Owen knows where, but declined to say out of fear that the DOC would retaliate against her client). He remains in solitary confinement in that state — and the decision to remove him is presumably in that state's hands, she adds.

"Now we're dealing with another state and a whole other system, so I can't speak to how they'll respond to this," she says. "I will argue to Colorado and to the facility where he is now that he should be immediately released from segregation."

Whether or not they'll listen is another story.

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deerogers23
deerogers23

@Stanley1 you don't know Willie Clark and you definitely not God so who are you to judge this man and nobody should be treated like an animal,at the ean of the day people make mistake and im not saying that if you do something wrong you should not be punished be to keep someone locked up in a cage a lot.

anotherthing people you should all realize that it he is guilty he will be judged on judgement day....MAY GOD BLESS YOU WILL AND BELIEVE ME GOD HAS SOMETHIN IN STORE FOR YOU

glwrightsr76
glwrightsr76

You people have alot of nerves. Y'all just talkin crap cause D. Will (R.I.P.) was a professional football player. D Will (R.I.P.), was a good dude and my potna, Willie is a good dude as well and my homeboy. I don't think my man committed this crime and none of y'all were there to witness him commit this crime. A rat gonna say anything to save his own butt. The cowards that testified against Willie were lookin at serious charges and time as well, so they said wat they said to get outta a messed up siuation (RATS),now for brandon marshall, he's a coward to, talk all that tuff boy street niggah crap and got his teammate, my potna killed. You people think these professional sports players are innocent, knock it off. And until you live 1 day in Willie's shoes or know wats wat, shut the hell up. ALL LOVE WILLIE D. CLARK and R.I.P. D WILL

nuclearlemon
nuclearlemon

Was Clark a drug dealer?  Yes.  Did Clark hang with gang members?  Yes.  Did Clark admit to killing Williams on six occassions?  Yes.  Do I feel at all sorry for him?  Hell no!

It's called consequences folks.  It's what you pay when you screw up.  This article bemoans his intelligence and compassion, but he screwed up and now he's crying because he got caught.

And don't try to claim cruel punishment.  I've no sympathy there and I'm sure the parents of the kids he got addicted to drugs will agree with me.  You worry of his mental health, but what about the mental health of those making him a 'street nigga with money'?

Gang members aren't known for five fingering a pack of gum at the Five and Dime...they're too busy sticking a gun in the face of the clerk.  Assualt, rape, drugs, murder...these are not petty criminals and a smart man knows to stay away. 

You say the prison is being unfair, but they have to protect their pocketbook from the family that I'm sure will be jumping at the opportunity to sue the institution for the death of their 'good, loving, intelligent boy'

This article is the kind of liberal b.s. that's ruining this country.

jbirch713
jbirch713

Believe you me, there are a lot of innocent people behind bars. I have no clue as to if this guy is innocent. People lie all the time, witness pushed and coaxed by cops and prosecutors (dirty fucks). And when the lying ass people come forward and admit to lying. It takes years and years to get them out. For every mothrerfucker out there on the run sits and innocent person behind bars.


rosevango
rosevango

"Administrative segregation is supposed to be used to manage deeply problematic behaviors by prisoners," Wallace says, "and it really should be limited to the most extreme cases, where prisoners have been involved in real violence or credible threats."

Glad to see ACLU weigh in. I correspond a dozen CO DOC inmates, as a member of Committee for Judicial Justice, who formed in response to the Tim Masters' debacle case in Fort Collins. We see how trials are orchestrated, how slow and futile the appellate process is, and hear first hand what segregation is used for. Thank God for the CCJRC, working on reform of sentencing laws in CO. 

rosevango
rosevango

" According to the DOC, ad seg "is an offender management process and is not used as a punitive measure." Prisoners are kept in their cells for 23 hours a day. For one hour, they're allowed to go into a small room, alone, to "exercise." "

The irony in this statement screams for a response. Isolation is punishment. Prolonged isolation is torture.

patricia.calhoun
patricia.calhoun moderator editortopcommenter

i'd like to publish some of these comments in our print edition, ideally with your real name. If that's okay, e-mail me at patricia.calhoun@westword.com

Sam Miller
Sam Miller

I hope that the errors of the article are not from the actual police report

Mnizzle
Mnizzle

"I haven't hugged my mom in over five years and that's not right at all!"

I tell ya' what, Willie - as soon as Darrent Williams' mother gets to hug her son,

we promise ... you're next.

Carlena Martinez
Carlena Martinez

I hate Ray Lewis too. He wasn't treated fairly because he's a football player.

Craig Maybell
Craig Maybell

Oh, but you certainly must be after typing such "tough words," tough guy.

Craig Maybell
Craig Maybell

Hah. Ray Lewis to this day gets plenty of sympathy and accolades -- from his peers and the general public -- despite having been on the opposite side of the law 13 years ago.

Craig Maybell
Craig Maybell

There isn't enough room in solitary confinement for each and every convicted murderer. (Seriously, I wonder how many armchair pundits here would be willing to pony up the extra 100s of millions to set aside for ad seg. Very few, I would imagine.) Also, the circumstances involved in each individual crime widely vary. What this really is about is a particular individual whose victim happened to be a beloved professional athlete. Had this been an average citizen, his case would not have garnered so much attention (and outrage) from the general public. Frankly, this just proves that regardless of their so-called "principles," people still place status and wealth above all other factors when it comes to the criminal justice system. Just imagine the outcome had the roles of Williams and Clark had been reversed. You'd have a situation similar to that of none other than revered retired NFL linebacker Ray Lewis, who dodged a murder charge 13 years ago after his first Super Bowl win.

luckyruthland
luckyruthland

All i say to say is keep your head up we all know the REAL TRUTH so remember the comments that are being mad on here pay them no mind these people are just making opinions off of something they read wuthout know the person you REALLY are... Besides OPINIONS ARE LIKE ASSHOLE EVERYBODY HAS ONE!!! With that said you know we support you to the fullest FUCK what everybody else thinks... # BOOM!!!

shrena.henderson
shrena.henderson

Reading some of these comments makes me sick ta my stomach some of your mouths need to be confined none not a 1 of u know the true story yet are so quick to comment n or judge damn the man says he is not n a gang I would think n know from experience a gang member REPRESENTS their hood yet I read gangbangin bastard none of you seem him pull the trigger but he is a murdering fuck well all u psychics should have warned Darrent since though u nor I was there u can completely n factually not hypothetically speakin judge this man's guilt or innocents

Peter Hoang
Peter Hoang

"You can judge a society by how well it treats its prisoners." - FD

Suni Daze
Suni Daze

awwwwww !! Its so nice to read posts that confirm the suffering !! feelin warm and fuzzy inside !!

Miguel Munoz
Miguel Munoz

All I can say is that Colorado prisons are full of Broncos fans ..... but what comes around goes around thats karma so live up for what u did fucking pussy

Mike An Teresa
Mike An Teresa

Did you treat everyone in that limo fairly when you shot it up? Was that fair? Fuck you!! you can rot in that hole for all i care! Why dont you just fucking kill yourself or stop crying pussy!

William Covington
William Covington

ah let him into the population of the best Bronco fans in the prison.

John Mccall
John Mccall

Hey Willie, did you treat Darrent Williams fairly when you murdered him. What goes around, comes around. Don't flatter yourself, you're not the most hated man in Colorado, but you are a murdering asshole, though.

Peter William Goodwin
Peter William Goodwin

Fair treatment is a relative term here. Are we forgetting that he's housed with a bunch of other convicted cons? He should be treated fairly, comparatively.

Brendan Flynn
Brendan Flynn

did you treat your victim fairly? then no. fuck you you little bitch, you're a little fuckin pussy. you deserve shit.

Peter William Goodwin
Peter William Goodwin

Thank god the general public doesn't make these decisions. Barbaric species.

McShyster
McShyster

How's that Thug Life working out for you now, eh punk?


JFlannigan
JFlannigan

There dozens of factual errors in this sensational story.  But conveniently overlooked here is the fact that Clark was ALSO convicted of ANOTHER murder -- his second senseless killing was a witness that he helped orhestrate and commit frominside  jail.  Really, is there any wonder he is in solitary?

stanley1
stanley1

@glwrightsr76 I don't give a shit nor care to live a day in Willie's shoes, and no one has to shut the hell up. He's a thug and a murderer, and I could give a shit about who turned and why. You're right, though, Williams wasn't innocent, he was a thug too. Aint thug life grand?

stanley1
stanley1

@nuclearlemon Correct, and all you have to do is read the few 1st grade level posts to know the mentality of his "family". 

stanley1
stanley1

Why are there so many fucking deniers/enablers in the hood? This little bitch and all of his bangin friends can get fucked, slow and hard. Fucking pussies with guns.

glwrightsr76
glwrightsr76

It's obvious none of you people know nuttin about co doc, plenty of BRONCO fans, but they jus fans, knock it off

luckyruthland
luckyruthland

He was actually wrongly convicted for that crime too how can a person be at two places at one time. It's crazy how people are quick to judge someone just because you read or herd it somewhere

glwrightsr76
glwrightsr76

No worries I'm not tryin to get you or no1 to sympathize wit Willie, everyone has an opinion, so you are right, no1 has to shut the hell up.

glwrightsr76
glwrightsr76

Stanley you talk real tufff on the internet fella, if some of willies friends did wanna get fucked up or however you put it, is yo scary ass gonna do it? UR A JOKE BUDDY and an internet coward

stanley1
stanley1

@luckyruthland Sure....all of it was "wrongly convicted". What a fine upstanding citizen Willie was. Baby mama?

stanley1
stanley1

@glwrightsr76 Most people who aren't enablers, apologists, and frankly, care about what happens in their communities, judge people harshly who harm others. Apparently, as long as someone's your homeboy, any actions they commit, including destroying lives, get excused. And people like you wonder why their communities are in tatters.

glwrightsr76
glwrightsr76

NO WORRIES FELLA, WE ALL PEOPLE KNOW OUR CONSEQUENCES IN LIFE. RIGHT IS RIGHT AND WRONG IS WRONG. AT THE END OF THE DAY, I COULD CARE LESS WATCHU OR THE NEXT PERSON THINK. YOU ARE A VERY JUDGEMENTAL PERSON, YOU DON'T KNOW ME, I'M NOT A GANG BANGER AND FAR FROM A PUSSY BUT YEAH WILLIE IS MY HOMEBOY

stanley1
stanley1

@glwrightsr76 Ah, so you're part of the disease contributing to the destruction in our communities. Good for you, bro....I bet you feel pretty good about that. That's some stand-up shit right there. No wonder that POS Clark is your homeboy.

glwrightsr76
glwrightsr76

STANLEY ALOT OF GANG BANGERS ARE PUSSIES, IF U WOULD LIKE 2 MEET 1 THAT'S NOT, I'M WIT THAT (REALLY),

stanley1
stanley1

@glwrightsr76 If it was man to man without a gun, i'd love to. But you and I both know that these bangers are pussies with guns and it would never happen. You're probably one, too. People like you get handled and then come back with a gun and your boys because you're cowards. But yeah, you're so tough because you and your boys bang around your hood with numbers and guns, then just pull the trigger and become just another idiot statistic behind bars. Yeah, real manly shit there, dude. Been there, seen it, done it. You're a dime a dozen.

 
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