Quin Dick, Officer, Warden Urfi discussed on 60 Minutes
Now they joined prisoners in lip sync contests. This might seem frivolous. But it's a serious part of the true experiment. The goal to rebuild these men with experiences structure and discipline. They might not have had before. But the head of the Cheshire corrections officers union told us true is turning prison into summer camp. If is too lenient, they think puts the corrections officers at risk not at all not at all numbers. Don't lie. Are incident rate is a lot lower and true than it is in general population. In the general population violence is common. Yellow uniforms. Ide- dangerous convicts warden Urfi says in the two years of true. There hasn't been a single fistfight or assault on staff. I don't know how I don't know why. But it's working Lieutenant Daniel Quinn was brought up using the old school approach. Now, he finds himself defending the true. So what were you hearing from your fellow officers who are not in this unit? We're here to wipe their noses cookies amounts. That's when I Lieutenant Ashley McCarthy told us in her nine years in corrections. She's never experienced anything like this. You don't have to put on the face of strength one hundred percent of the time because that's what you have to do in turmoil population. You can't show a weakness or a deficiency here. It's more human what it is as kind of like going into LA La Land from general. Population. But they quickly see that everybody is here to help. What about punishment? You've got guys in here who committed terrible crimes their punishment is their incarceration. It's not our job as correctional professionals to punish somebody even more while they're incarcerated true aims to recast young lives with incentives, repeating bad behavior. Like profanity and bad attitude has gotten twelve ship back to the general population good behavior earns benefits like longer family visits movies. Classes a prison job when shy Quin Dick's ended up here in truth. He thought this can't be real. Just the stuff. They were saying I never heard of it for like what the cracks him officers and staff here care about you. You get a second chance at life. You take serious thought all that was BS definitely until corrections officer James Vassar took an interest in him. Impressed by shy Quin Dick's talent. And repentance officer Vasser said he'd helped him pursue his dream of playing basketball in college. Did you believe in at the time? I believe would you see him? I seen the kid with talent. Mistake for months Vassar called college coaches around the country. Slowly, dick started to believe we still needed to get accepted into the college. We still need a judge to prove sentence modification. So they're all these other steps with your long shots. And boy, we were hitting them. Shy Quin Dick's could see a way out fest him. She cheer. You was lost at twenty two. He was sentenced to thirteen years in Cheshire for robbing convenience stores and a Bank. He told us he will selfish and violent. What's that like being thrown into the general population in a Laxman security prison? It's really scary at first so he put on a front and you act like a tough. And I'm hoping people don't see how scared I am. And just the mess. That's going on inside twenty two hours a day in the cell. Yes. Just waiting be Leto occasional when we're in earthy selected him for the true unit should cheer. You didn't care about improving himself. He just wanted out of his cell, but immediately found himself in a different world to go. Some type of empathy have to care central to the program is intense. Pensive counseling through peer and self criticism prisoners are forced to face the demons and behavior that put them behind bars. How will you raise? Did you have love did, you know, love compassion, because I didn't even know my mother the warden told us today, there's a lot of crying that goes on up here. The truth. Agree with that. What is made you cry? My family. The problem with awareness and understanding the pain you've caused people. Is that you realize how much pain you've caused the people that love you. And once you have to face that. And look at yourself in the mirror that's tough to prepare the prisoners for life outside Cheshire's walls. Warden Urfi tap, some unlikely helpers respected older prisoners serving life sentences there now training to serve as mentors for the young men in troop ish car Howard was one of the first to sign on. Why all we knew we was going to try to stop these cats from become us because you don't want this car Howard shot and killed two men in a fight over drug turf in New Haven in prison, he assaulted inmates and staff and spend a total of five and a half years in solitary confinement before deciding to take a different path if his expert is screwing up a PHD quizzes could tell you with tear-gas taste late. I can tell you what it feels like to watch your family. See you get sentenced to life without parole, and I can tell you the decisions I made to get to that at the choices yours Howard and twenty other lifers are lighting attended fathers. They enforce unit rules during last recommended that you attitude working with staff, they constantly monitor the young offenders behavior and assess their progress at regular feedback sessions always tried to encourage you to speak a little more. If you have a lot of wisdom to give to your peers, many people outside of Krizan would think that someone who is in for life wouldn't necessarily be the kind of person you'd expect or want to be teaching you life lessons. So what have they done to help? You. They've helped me learn how to speak in a way that I articulate my thoughts and emotions is just getting mad and wanting to hit something should cheer. You told us he has grown. On under their guidance. He's earned the right to go to work every day in the prison. Shop. He now enjoys warm visits with his family. I feel like everybody has a basic human decency is that has to be nurtured to bring it out. And that's what happens to you in this program. If you let it. If you let it the greatest gift is when they tell me to my face. I'm not changing and in five months later be on their best behavior. You're in here for life. You could just sit there and say to heck with all this. So what are you getting out of this?