Behind locked doors

Life in the pitkin county jail

by Barbara Platts

Aspen Untucked

Aspen Times Weekly April 2014


The funky clock...

in the jail office with the mismatched numbers reads 8:10, meaning that it is just about 11:00 p.m. on a Friday night. Three deputies rush toward the garage at the end of the hallway to greet a petite, inebriated woman who's still wearing ski pants and ski boots. She begins to argue with them as they pull her from the police car and sit her in a chair to unstrap her boots. Then, as her ethanol-drenched mind grasps the situation, her protests turn to hysterical cries.