Tim DeChristopher's stint in prison's 'hole' raises questions about solitary confinement

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  • P Central, Utah
    March 31, 2012 9:58 p.m.

    It does happen! As a federal employee I once made a decision one afternoon and firtst thing in the morning I had one Representative and one Senator call me 1st thing (not Utah) and while he didn's say he would get me fired, he sure implied it. I didn't report it.

    I told them the facts as I knew them and both found out that their voter's proposed needs would have caused problems for Shell Oil Company, each backed off and I didn't hear anymore.

    Some people like to "throw" their ideas around, others are "afraid" to listen to others. Some people tell the truth, some tend to stretch it a little. Sometimes it is a little hard to tell the difference, sometimes it is apparent.

    I would hesitate to judge based on just what I have read in a newspaper. Believe it or not, I do know of some newspaper articles that have been "incomplete!"

  • John Harrison Sandy, UT
    March 30, 2012 6:06 p.m.

    When a call from a politician gets you thrown in solitary aren't you by definition a political prisoner? Too bad the politician in question is too much of a coward to stand and defend their action.

  • Dart Thrower Ogden, UT
    March 30, 2012 3:53 p.m.

    I still find the selective enforcement that lead to Christopher's prison term appalling. In 2009 a large group of Sagebrush Rebels illegally rode their ATV's into Paria Canyon while BLM officers simply watched. No one was cited, no arrests were made - but, real damage was done to an area that was posted for no ATV traffic. It seems like Conservatives love to bludgeon people with the law when it serves their interest (Christopher), but feel like breaking laws they don't agree with is Patriotic. One of the reasons I no longer call myself an American Conservative is that their ideology is based on anger, emotion and spite instead of a consistent application of reason. Rush Limbaugh's latest rant blows the flag that they all seem to follow.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    March 30, 2012 3:42 p.m.

    "they could be placed in there for something as simple as not cleaning up their area or breaking chow line"

    Why am I not surprised that criminals have a hard time obeying simple instructions like clean up your area or stay in chow line(which I'm paying for).

    Criminals have shown they can't obey simple rules(dont kill, don't steal from others including taxpayers, don't be a drug dealer). I'm not surprised these criminals with a history of choosing not to obey simple rules are again choosing not to obey simple rules like stay in the chow line.

    If they choose not to obey simple rules, they get what they deserve.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    March 30, 2012 11:30 a.m.

    Timmy–boy showed no remorse at his sentencing, he is still trying to be the activist behind bars. If solitary confinement is what is needed to curtail on-going criminal behavior, throw him back in solitary.

    Granted, he was not thrown in solitary this time for his ongoing attempts at criminal behavior, but if his confinement serendipitously stopped him from so doing, great.

  • md Cache, UT
    March 30, 2012 8:46 a.m.


    I am officially busted. I did not read the article. This is one person that frequently is in the news who irritates me. I saw his name and I immediately clicked on the comments. I tire of his 15 minutes of infamy.

  • Voice of Reason Layton, UT
    March 30, 2012 8:08 a.m.

    This is hard for me to say, since I deplore what Tim DeChristopher did as above-the-law arrogance, but it does look like he got thrown into solitary for less-than-justifiable reasons to say the least. Was he really in the concrete box because a congressman called the prison out of political anger? If so then that never should have happened. Allowing politically motivated actions like that in a prison falls for the same arrogance that motivated Tim to think he was above the law just because he thought his political opinion was "better" than everyone else's.

    There's a blindfold on Madame Justice for a reason.

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    March 30, 2012 7:28 a.m.

    he is my hero along with all other convicted felons. they only cost the taxpayer thousands of dollars a year

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    March 29, 2012 10:25 p.m.

    md lamented "He is a law-breaking felon."

    Thank you for not reading the article before posting your comment. It's good to express thoughts uncluttered by the details. Nobody questioned DeChristopher's status as a felon. The question was what did he do to warrant solitary confinement.

  • md Cache, UT
    March 29, 2012 9:08 p.m.

    It amazes me how low people must sink in order to find a person like this a hero. He is a law-breaking felon. Nothing special about him is apparent. Get out of prison. Go to McDonalds and get a job.