Douglas Bruce, convicted of tax evasion, reports to begin serving his 180 day jail sentence., Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at Denver District Courthouse. (CREDIT: RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)
"It's boring. I don't see there's any public benefit to my being in an 8 by 14 cinderblock cell. I've asked for a Bible," Bruce told 9Wants to Know Investigator Kyle Clark in a jailhouse interview on Friday afternoon.
The request for a Bible came up no less than a half-dozen times during his interview with 9NEWS at the Denver City Jail.
Bruce, who authored Colorado's Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR), is probably the best known limited-government conservative in the state. Now he must rely on the government for his clothes, his meals, his food, his bed and the roof over his head.
He does not have a cellmate and asked to bunk alone.
"Because of concerns for my personal safety," Bruce said. "I don't know who they'd put me in with, but right now I'm in maximum security."
Bruce is serving a 180-day sentence for tax evasion that was handed down by a judge on Monday.
"If I have to sit and look at four walls for months, then I will do so. I'm not going to do anything disruptive. I'm not going to do anything to be a difficult prisoner," Bruce said.
Bruce maintains his innocence. He is convinced that, in some small way, he is a political prisoner.
"To put me in a cell makes no sense and I'm hoping that people will realize that it makes no sense and it's revenge," he said.
"You must know that there are people out there who are absolutely delighted that you're in jail," Kyle told him.
"Of course, of course - there's a lot of Bruce haters out there. And many of them are government employees, or related to government employees, or people who want bigger government. And I'm effectively in here because they don't want me to be able to be active on behalf of limited government, which is my definition of freedom." Bruce said.
"You don't have the Bible you requested, you don't have a cellmate to talk to. When we hang up the phone, how do you plan on spending the rest of your evening?" Kyle asked.
"Well, the cell is lit. They decide when the lights are on or off and I have nothing to do," Bruce said. "It's just boring. It's just a waste of time and resources."
Bruce has always said limited government is freedom. By that measure, he isn't just stuck in jail, Bruce is trapped in Hell.
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