I was at Friendship Hall Friday morning to set up for our annual Gunnison Gorge Anglers' Black Canyon Fly Fishing Expo. The G.G.A., a local branch of Trout Unlimited, is an outstanding group of folks – conservationists and fly fishing aficionados dedicated to the sport and particularly to getting kids involved. They are all-around good people.
Among the workers were a group of people in orange caps and uniforms from the Sheriff's Work Crew. What impressed me was the energy and helpfulness of these county prisoners. They were obviously on their best behavior, under the scrutiny of Deputy Chad Black, crew supervisor, but I had the feeling that these were not bad people, just decent ones who had made some bad choices.
I learned that the crew works for many area charities, like the Hospice Heirlooms store, the Museum of the Mountain West and many others. The crew is comprised of nonviolent low-risk inmates who have earned the privilege of working outside of the county jail. My compliments to the Montrose County Sheriff, the Work Crew members and their supervisor. This is one program that really does work well for everyone. The Work Crew is indeed an asset to the community, even though the circumstances of the members' incarceration are unfortunate.
– John W. Nelson, Montrose