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Oct 15, 2020

Former Prison Chaplain Shares Stories of Cruelty Behind Prison Walls

Andrew Reynolds

Since the massive jailbreak on Monday evening, the prison’s C.E.O. Virgilio Murillo has been under intense pressure from the public and those who had a connection to the prison in the past. Ex-convict Trevor Clifton Pascascio Marin shared his story on Wednesday. He says he was a victim of cruelty while behind bars. Marin said that he received inhumane treatment at the hands of prison authorities.  Today, Andrew Reynolds told News Five that he witnessed the cruelty. Reynolds was the prison chaplain in 2013. He says he was fired back then after he attempted to stop what was taking place. Reynolds was employed at the prison for less than three months before he was released but he says that was enough time for him to witness the cruelty behind the prison walls. 


Andrew Reynolds, Former Prison Chaplain

“Inhumane is worst than humane. It is human brutality. It is human slavery. It is the worse I had ever seen. I could tell you when I used to come home from the Kolbe Foundation, I could not get out of my vehicle. I would sit down in my vehicle and sob like a child.   I didn’t even complete three months because they found out that I was not like them. I was being pleasing to God and because my bible teaches me that you must visit prisoners, you must have compassion. The thing is I wanted to make a difference because those very prisoners are going to come out and live around us and we will face the consequence of those people who are treating them people like animals back there. You can’t treat nobody like animal and expect them to behave like human. You will get animal results.  These things – I witnessed these things.”


Hipolito Novelo

“These are serious allegations you are making. It is what you saw compared to the evidence that you have.”


Andrew Reynolds

“Because the one prison guard came and he told me, he said you know I have all kind of stuff coming over my body I have all kind of sores from the injection that they gave him. He told them that he didn’t want any injection. They still gave him injection. Let m tell you something. I wish the government would take back Kolbe Foundation and let the government run that place and put good qualified, trained people to run that prison. That prison is a mess.   Please wake up and start treating these prisoners like human being. One day they will be coming back out. Do you hear what I am saying?”


Hipolito Novelo

“But what you are saying sir are serious allegations and at this moment that is all they are, allegations from what you say you saw many years ago. You have no physical evidence to present to me right now of what you say you saw. Not only that. What you are saying is coming off like a disgruntled ex employee of the prison, vex because he got fired because his three months was up.”


Andrew Reynolds

“Sir, I’ll tell you what. I didn’t need their money.”

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