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Chris Watts: Is this Correctional Officer Right?

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Chris Watts: Is this Correctional Officer Right?

The Watts family murders occurred on the early morning of August 13, 2018, in Frederick, Colorado, US. While being interviewed by police, Christopher Lee Watts (born May 16, 1985) admitted to killing his pregnant wife Shan’ann Cathryn Watts (née Rzucek, born January 10, 1984) by strangulation. Their daughters, four-year-old Bella, and three-year-old Celeste, died by asphyxiation due to smothering. Watts then disposed of his daughters’ bodies in oil tanks and buried his wife in a shallow grave at his work-site. He pleaded guilty on November 6, 2018, to multiple counts of first-degree murder as part of a plea deal when the death penalty was removed from sentencing. He was sentenced to five life sentences without the possibility of parole, three to be served consecutively and two to be served concurrently.

‘If you think it is going to suck to be him, let me enlighten you. My experience as State Penitentiary Corrections Officer who has observed thousands of these pieces of human flesh let me inform you how it will really be: Only his first two years will be rough. After that, he will have become fully accustomed to his prison environment. His harsh and irrevocable sentence will actually be a favor for him-it removes all hope of ever seeing the outside, so he will naturally turn to the inside for his expectations in life. He will dramatically shorten his view of life planning so that he will experience few disappointments.

His sense of future will be only from day to day. In essence, as all humans adapt perfectly to their new environment. So will he. He will have made many new friends, all of whom will be in pretty much the same frame of mind. There will be very little inmate-to inmate punishment for him. He will not be “sleeping with a big guy named Bubba”.Although there is a chance he could be harmed by other inmates since he harmed children His every human need other than female companionship will be me by the system.His medical, dental, eyeglasses will be fulled cared for by the taxpayers. He will have ready access to telephones. His food, though not steak and lobsters, will be nutritious, tasty and filling and served 3 times a day. In some prisons, inmates are given a menu-as you get in hospitals-to select your food choices.

He will be allowed television, magazines, book selections from an extensive library system and even first-run movies. He will be allowed an inmate account (funded by family and probably by misguided people on the outside who will take pity on him since his case is so widely know with which he can buy snacks. He will establish a “trading company” with other inmates-which is like a secret marketing organization….this develops into a serious and engrossing operation even though the commodities being traded are small and insignificant by outside standards. He will be allowed to attend church services of his choice on a regular basis.

He will have all sorts of educational opportunities, including university. He will be allowed to participate in tournaments and games and even hoppy shops and crafts.He can attend art and craft classes and can even become an instructor. He will be able to participate in special programs and research by volunteering.

He can be allowed some fairly challenging work in building maintenance, kitchen, automotive services, and clerical duties, not to mention a pretty good job in Prison Industries-making things and working with complex and challenging machinery. As time goes by, he will have become a veteran convict, knowing the most minute information about all the other inmates. His rank and prestige will become highly important to him as this will be the only thing of value he can possess.

He will evolve a very high opinion of himself and will likely control a small clique of followers and close friends. After 20 years he will have achieved a very satisfying life and will have accumulated many comforts establishing a well-respected place in the prison hierarchy. This new life he is going to live will become so important to him, he would really choose not to leave it even if he had a chance! In fact, after 5 years inside, he will all but forgotten his old life on the outside. It will be nothing but a fond, dim memory-as much as how people view their childhood.People think prison is a disaster but in reality the finality of a prison sentence help them adapt’. -Jim Bass

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