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

A LIFETIME OF SERVICE Death-penalty critic Sister Helen Prejean

MPAC Statewide Strategy Meeting 
 October 24, 2015
Doors Open at 9:30 a.m. - Meeting begins at 10:00 a.m.
IBEW Local 1837 Hall
16 Old Winthrop Rd, Manchester, ME 04351
Welcome to everyone interested in MPAC goals
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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
Prison Reform Under LePage  
Joe Steinberger, The Free Press
Our View: Troubled prison has right person in charge  Portland Press Herald Editorial
New Maine State Prison Warden 
Named  Stephen Betts, Bangor Daily News
Rodney Bouffard,
New Maine State Prison Warden
Watch: Major Prison Reforms in August 2013CURE 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 reformScott 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 inmatesSun 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
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
New state prison mental health center met with optimism By 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 sayPortland 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 vestsPortland 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
[Joseph F. Daoust] dies at Somerset County Jail  Bangor Daily News, by Dawn Gagnon
Riverview nurse hospitalized in attack by angry patientKennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel, Betty Adams
Cory Peaslee, a former guard at the Maine State Prison target of harsh hazing. Amelia Kunhardt/Staff Photographer
Riverview patient faces charges after rampage, Kennebeck Journal, Betty Adams
Maine State Prison inmate dies of natural causes, Bangor Daily News, Stephen Betts
Watch: Life In Prison: Eight Hours at a Time
by Robert Reilly, WCSH Channel 6
Our View: Death Penalty Is Wrong for Maine
Our State's Life without Parole is the right punishment for the worst of the worst
Editorial Portland Press Herald
Prisoner advocates offer background for coverage of Maine corrections Letter to the Portland Phoenix from Joseph Jackson, MPAC Coordinator

Ban the Box in Maine artwork by ARRT
Maine Proposed Legislation
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MPAC Coordinator Joseph Jackson speaking at "The Struggle Continues" Conference
Editorial: Our View: Jail time for unpaid fines unfairly penalizes poverty
A bill now before the Maine Legislature justifiably targets what amount to debtors' prisons.
Portland Press Herald
Exiled Prisoners Meeting: 
A Belanger-MPAC, 
J Fitzpatrick-MDOC Comm, Ron Huber-MPAC Exiles Coord, 
Scott McCaffery MDOC
Pregnant prisoners should not be in shackles 
Maine is the only New England state that allows this practice.

Kennebec Journal, Columnist Brigid Mullally is an OB/GYN at MaineGeneral Obstetrics & Gynecology in Augusta.
Inmate [Harold Gleason] dies at MCCRyan McLaughlin, Bangor Daily News
Our View: Jail is the wrong way to make offenders pay fines It’s not only unfair to incarcerate those who can’t pay, it’s a bad way to use public funds.
PPH Editorial
Rachel Talbot Ross of the Portland Chapter of the NAACP (left) speaks with Maine State Prison inmate Foster Bates, a member of the NAACP's prison chapter.
Photo credit MPBN
Listen: Life Behind Bars [Maine State Prison]
Keith Shortall, MPBN
[with Joseph Jackson, MPAC Coordinator]
[Michael James] wants to leave prison, return to [Riverview]
“The state now seeks to send him back to the very institution [MSP] in which he was made badly crazy in the first instance,” [Chief Justice] Saufley said. “Do we not have government at its worst in this process?”
Betty Adams, Kennebec Journal
[Willard Eastman] . . . dies at Maine State PrisonDennis Hoey, Portland Press Herald
Robbie BothenFirst MPAC Coordinator Passes Away
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We are sad to share the news that Robbie Bothen of Bar Harbor passed away on July 19, 2015.

Robbie was one of the founders and the first coordinator of MPAC. He was a primary organizer of the solitary confinement legislation. Long before MPAC, Robbie was involved in prisoner activism for several decades, through organizing, writing, protest and music.

Robbie was the editor/publisher of The Call -- MPAC's first newsletter to Maine prisoners. Issues of The Call are at MPAC's webpage: The Call

A service for Robbie will be held on Friday, July 31, 2015 at 7:00PM at the Church of Our Father in Hulls Cove. You are welcome to bring photographs, experiences, stories, and more about Robbie to share.
Maine's 2nd Annual Rally 4 Recovery
Maine State Prison warden promoted, job listed, Noi Noi Ricker, Bangor Daily News
Kennebec County Sheriff Randall Liberty named warden of Maine State Prison
Craig Crosby, Kennebec Journal/Portland Press Herald
Kennebec County Sheriff Randall Liberty has been selected to be the warden at Maine State Prison. Kennebec Journal File Photo/Andy Molloy