Colorado’s prison chief and previously incarcerated man share stories, empathy

November 15, 2022
Colorado Department of Corrections Director Dean Williams at the Limon Correctional Facility on March 1, 2022.

It was an unusual meeting of the minds: In April 2021, the head of Colorado's Department of Corrections read a monologue written by a previously incarcerated man. Daniel Guillory spent more than a decade locked up in the system Williams now leads.

The reading, in which Guillory describes his crime and punishment, was part of Boulder-based MOTUS theater's JustUs project. It features stories by formerly incarcerated people -- some read by the former inmates themselves, others read by officials who work in the justice system.

After the presentation, the two shared their impressions of the reading.

We're re-sharing this discussion now that Williams has announced he's leaving the Department of Corrections on December 2, 2022, after nearly four years.

Michael Ensminger
Daniel Guillory, a formerly incarcerated man, wrote a monologue about his crime and his time in the custody of the Colorado Department of Corrections.