A Punishing Culture - Criminal Injustice
Lance Tapley, The Portland Phoenix

A LIFETIME OF SERVICE Death-penalty critic Sister Helen Prejean

Prison captain fired, but later reinstated, after pepper spraying inmate
Confrontation caught on video provides rare glimpse inside Maine prison

Corrections officer's actions to be reviewed
David Hench, Portland Press Herald

Windham prison guard's reinstatement poorly thought-out decision
William King, former federal prison investigator

Legislators grill Corrections chief on use-of-force incidents
David Hench, Portland Press Herald

Shocking Video from Maine Prison Shows a Restrained Prisoner Being Tortured with Pepper Spray
By Maggie Heim, Carl Takei, & Eric Balaban, ACLU

Captain’s vengeance backfired in Windham pepper spray incident 
Renee Ordway, Bangor Daily News

Maine officials seeking pepper-spray video leak
David Hench Portland Press Herald

Prison leak probe looks for the wrong problem
Portland Press Herald Editorial

Video Shows Maine Prisoner with Mental Illness Brutally Subdued by Guards
Lisa Dawson, Solitary Watch
MPAC Statewide Strategy Meeting
Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 9:30-12:30 (doors open at 9:00)
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Prisoners as Commodities
Lance Tapley, The Portland Phoenix
LD 1095: For-profit corporate prisons (i.e. CCA)
"A very bad idea for Maine"
UPDATE : Bill carried over to 2012 and then defeated!
Private Prison Problems Bangor Daily News Editorial
Prison Bill Draws Ire of Coalition
Portland Press Herald & Morning Sentinel
NAACP, others bristle after GOP Senator censors anti-private-prison testimony -
Words 'slavery,' 'racism' banned
Lance Tapley, The Portland Phoenix
Bill would ease path for private prison in Milo Marian McCue, The New Maine Times
Watch: Immigrants for Sale
(to Corrections Corporation of America (CCA)
Milo Forum: The Myth of Jobs in Private Prison TownsME Peace, Justice & Environment Network
Private Prison in Maine Shenna Bellows,MCLU
Reducing Solitary Confinement
Reducing solitary confinement:
How Maine's corrections commissioner dropped supermax numbers by 70 percent . . . and became a national leader in prison reform (if anybody follows) Lance Tapley, The Portland Phoenix
Joseph Ponte, Commissioner of Maine Department of Corrections
Joseph Ponte
Commissioner,Maine Department of Corrections
Privatized Prison Medical Care is Sick
Lance Tapley, The Portland Phoenix
MPAC Declares Victory in Defeat of Private Prison Bill!
    Advocacy group hails defeat of private prison legislation
     George Tibbetts, Jr.,The Valley Voice

      Maine private prison bill headed to dead files
      Huffington Post

    Maine lawmakers kill private-prison bill
     Glenn Adams, Portland Press Herald

    Legislature rejects private prison plan
     The New Maine Times

    ACLU of Maine Applauds Vote Against Private Prisons
MDOC undermines re-entry with new public database
Andrew Benore, Knox Village Soup
Company’s offer to buy, run state prisons meets with rejection:The rebuff by five of the 48 states that got the offer may signal prison privatization’s waning popularity,  Associated Press
Wisely, Maine gave firm no to private prisons
Lewiston Sun Journal Editorial
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Aging Maine Prisoner Population Issues Addressed
Listen: Maine Prison Guard Charged in Alleged Inmate Assault,Jay Field, MPBN (with advocates comments)
Maine State Prison guard Cutler accused of assaulting, causing cuffed inmate to fall
Holly Edwards, PenBay Pilot  (more details plus court date)
MSP Captain Cutler arrested
MSP Captain David Cutler,
Knox County Jail
Prison Reform Under LePage 
Joe Steinberger, The Free Press
Rare:Guard is charged The Portland Phoenix by Lance Tapley
MSP inmate being pepper sprayed while strapped down
Captain Shawn Welch
Capt.Shawn Welch
MSP Inmate being pepper sprayed while strapped down
New Maine State Prison Warden
Named  Stephen Betts, Bangor Daily News
Rodney Bouffard,
New Maine State Prison Warden
Watch: Major Prison Reforms in August 2013, CURE video by
Charlie Sullivan
Maine, too, is guilty of overusing prisons as punishment
Editorial Opinion by Grainne Dunne, ACLU-Maine
Ron Huber, MDOC Commissioner Joe Ponte, Arty Belanger, Sharril Saunders, Steve Lewicki, MDOC Classification Dir Scott McCaffery at MDOC-MPAC meeting
ACLU of Maine Urges Legislature to Reject Bill to House Mentally Ill Patients at Prison,Money Would Be Better Spent Improving Conditions at Riverview, Says Group
Another View: State prison wrong setting for Riverview forensic patients
Those found not responsible for criminal offenses shouldn't be warehoused in a corrections facility.
By GRAINNE DUNNE, justice organizer, ACLU Maine
Increased violence at Maine’s psych hospital prompts reform, Scott Thistle, Sun Journal via Bangor Daily News
Inmate Steven Clark gets a hug from his girl friend Tomi Doyle after Clark received his associate degree from the University of Maine in Augusta on Monday at the Maine State Prison.
Solitary Confinement Cell at Maine State Prison
ALONE "A typical solitary-confinement cell. I saw what looked like a bloodstain near the door. I sat on the metal bed shelf and smelled human feces." Lance Tapley
Prison education program offers new beginnings for Maine inmates, Sun Journal, Judy Meyer,via Bangor Daily News
Inmates Jon Brent Dyer, left, Jerry James Banks, center and Brandon Brown celebrate getting diplomas from the University of Maine at Augusta during a ceremony on Monday at the Maine State Prison.
R photo: Inmates Jon Brent Dyer, left, Jerry James Banks, center and Brandon Brown celebrate getting diplomas from the University of Maine at Augusta during a ceremony on Monday at the Maine State Prison.
MSP Mental Health
Sentencing Guideline Revision
Maine inmate may file lawsuit over restraint, pepper-spraying
The treatment of Paul Schlosser III at the Windham prison was exposed when a department security video was aired. David Hench, Portland Press Herald
Advocates say Riverview fix not working
Scott Thistle, Lewiston Sun Journal
Maine State Prison Warden Rodney Bouffard and Care and Treatment Worker Eric Bueno (holding plaque), front row kneeling left to right, along with Deputy Warden Michael J. Tausek (back row standing far right) pose for a photo with MSP ACT prisoner graduates Brad, Patrick, Scott, Leonard, and Carl (holding diplomas). (Photo courtesy of Maine Department of Corrections)
Maine State Prison inmate dies Stephen Betts, Bangor Daily News
Death of inmate at Maine State Prison ruled a homicide - Micah Boland, 37, was stabbed to death, apparently by another inmate, state police say. Portland Press Herald, Edward Murphy
Recent homicide at Maine State Prison

Micah T. Boland Obituary
37 year old Micah Boland
of Rockland
Maine prison guards request stab vests, Portland Press Herald, David Hench
Bill Nemitz: Violence in prison a fact of life ... but should it be? The father of a Maine State Prison inmate calls for changes. Portland Press Herald, Bill Nemitz
Commissioner defends Maine state prison safety in wake of killings Prisoner advocates, however, say new controls and less programming and privileges have raised tensions
Morning Sentinel, Scott Dolan & David Hench
More Preventable Deaths on our Archive Page
Breaking News...
Maine corrections chief Joseph Ponte to head NYC jails  David Hench, Portland Press Herald
LePage appoints acting corrections commissioner
Dr. Joseph Fitzpatrick is currently the Dept. of Corrections’ clinical director and associate commissioner for juvenile services
Morning Sentinel, Scott Dolan
Dr. Joseph Fitzpatrick
Dr. Joseph Fitzpatrick
‘Frontline’ show puts focus on Maine jail reforms A PBS documentary on solitary confinement in the U.S. will include Maine’s progression on reducing its use.Portland Press Herald, David Hench

Locking up the mentally ill
The agony of Michael James
The Portland Phoenix, Lance Tapely

The Mentally Ill, Behind Bars
New York Times Editorial

Riverview discharges man to serve prison sentence Treatment providers and others testify that Michael James has a personality disorder and is not mentally ill. Kennebeck Journal, Betty Adams
Michael James sent back to prison
Untreatable? The Portland Phoenix, Lance Tapley
Prison reforms take Maine in right direction: Portland Press Herald Editorial
Frontline - Solitary Confinement
Portland Phoenix Editorial
Maine Prison Inmate Died of Natural Causes A spokesman for the medical examiner's office says 32-year-old Phillip Kay died as a result of blood clots in both lungs, MPBN
Our View: Early release for inmates can work if well-planned - Reinstating parole would let selected Maine offenders make a supervised re-entry into society Portland Press Herald Editorial
Cumberland County jail guard appeals one-year suspension - An attorney for Nicholas Stein argues that he shouldn't have his certification suspended for dragging an injured inmate across a concrete floor, Kennebec Journal, Betty Adams
Older prison population squeezing Maine dollars Bangor Daily News, Stephen Betts
[Joseph F. Daoust] dies at Somerset County Jail Bangor Daily News, by Dawn Gagnon
Riverview nurse hospitalized in attack by angry patient, Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel, Betty Adams
Natural Causes - The Opera
Natural Causes Killed Victor
Aug 22 and 23 , 2014 at 7:30 at
St. Saviour's, Bar Harbor, Maine