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The Needle and the Damage Done

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His hand glides over the tattoos. Winner Takes All. Asked what it means, he says there's no hidden message. Just what's there.

"If you survive in here," he says, "you're a winner."

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Alan Prendergast has been writing for Westword for over thirty years. He teaches journalism at Colorado College; his stories about the justice system, historic crimes, high-security prisons and death by misadventure have won numerous awards and appeared in a wide range of magazines and anthologies.
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