Pitkin County sheriff cuts ties with prisoner transport firm
October 20, 2009
ASPEN – Sheriff Bob Braudis said he will not pay the $800 fee owed to a California firm that transported a California man, wanted on counterfeiting charges in Aspen, to the Pitkin County jail.
The sheriff also said he will not again retain the services of Court Services Inc., a prisoner transport firm, because of its treatment of Francesco Anthony Saputo, 29, who bonded out of Pitkin County jail last week.
“We won’t be dealing with Court Services Inc. anymore,” Braudis said, adding this was the first time Pitkin County had used CSI to transport inmates.
A call to CSI representatives was not returned.
Saputo arrived in Aspen last Tuesday, after a nearly 10-day trip from San Diego that ended, with CSI, at least, when the Ford Taurus that was transporting him slid off Highway 82 in Lake County. Pitkin County deputies picked him up at the scene of the crash and transported him to the Aspen jail.
His mother and sister arrived in Aspen on Oct. 10 to protest in front of the Pitkin County Courthouse about Saputo’s alleged treatment. And in an interview with The Aspen Times on Oct. 9, mother Susan White, of New York state, said CSI drivers would not allow her son to eat or sleep. When Saputo was advised of the counterfeiting charges against him last Tuesday in Pitkin County District Court, he complained about the treatment as well.
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In a tear-filled offering, Saputo told Judge James Boyd that the pending charges of counterfeiting are “heinous” and during his extradition to Aspen from San Diego he was “neglected of my human rights to eat and sleep.”
“What I have endured for the last 10 days … it was not right,” he said.