Head of Prisons And Former Inmate Share Stories, Empathy

April 13, 2021
Daniel Guillory, a former inmate, wrote a monologue about his crime and his time in the custody of the Colorado Department of Corrections.Daniel Guillory, a former inmate, wrote a monologue about his crime and his time in the custody of the Colorado Department of Corrections.Michael Ensminger
Daniel Guillory, a former inmate, wrote a monologue about his crime and his time in the custody of the Colorado Department of Corrections.

It was an unusual meeting of the minds: Recently, the head of Colorado's Department of Corrections read a monologue written by a former inmate. That inmate, 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.