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Afghanistan Prisons Revamped By CO Official
By denverpost.com
Published: 10/04/2010

In Afghanistan, Colorado's Bill Zalman is leading a team of U.S. corrections experts who are training wardens of that nation's 33 regional prisons how to solve ancient problems with new tools and strategies.

"Prison is prison the world around," Zalman said in a telephone interview from his office in Kabul. "What we offer is a modern-day corrections program."

They teach their Afghan counterparts how fixing septic systems prevents disease and that teaching rug-weaving reduces prison violence. They also school them in defense tactics against an attack from outside the prison.

Zalman's work in Afghanistan is part of an expanding role by Colorado corrections experts in teaching prison operators in small nations around the globe from Afghanistan to Morocco to Mexico how to safely hold and transport prisoners.

Dozens of Mexican federal corrections officers recently spent three weeks in a Colorado transportation training program, and other Colorado experts are in Central America training guards how to deal with gang members.

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