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Resource ID: #19077
Subject: Prisons
Source: Westword (Denver)
Date: October 18-24, 2001


This story looks at a top-secret intelligence unit within the U.S. Penitentiary Administrative Maximum (ADX) prison and examines claims that prisoners in the program exaggerate their gang status and knowledge of criminal activity within ADX to curry favor and win extraordinary privileges. The unit was supposed to benefit authorities by providing them with information from inmate snitches about criminal activities going on both inside and outside the prison.The snitches were to provide information on fellow gang members and corrupt prison staff and detail how they obtained weapons or passed messages inside the prison. But at least one ADX prisoner claims inmate snitches in the program manipulated prison staff and lied about innocent people to win special privileges.

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