The year began with Manuel Rodriguez being strapped into a restraint chair. It ended with Rodriguez back in the chair.
At Colorado’s state supermax prison, inmates get into confrontations with guards — over food, hygiene, privileges, a refusal to “cuff up” or whatever — out of boredom, mental illness or plain orneriness.
Some claim to be provoked by staff. Whatever the reason, it’s a contest the prisoner is going to lose every time.
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