Veteran inmates at Manzanita Prison, Anthony Paz, Kathy GillKathy Gill was nervous, but then she always gets nervous when she goes to prison. This was her fourth time. A woman who had built a company, trained hundreds of men and women to work past their fears and climbed a countless number of towers in all conditions, was wishing she was someplace where she was more comfortable, like dangling from a harness 150 feet in the air.
At least she wasn’t alone at Manzanita Prison in Tucson; she had an ex-con with her to ‘show her the ropes’ as she had done for so many of her tower tech trainees. They were waiting for DOC and DES approval to go inside an extremely secure grey-fenced compound where there are no plants and lots of dirt. “Lots and lots of dirt,” Kathy noted. Continue Reading