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Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition
This page is dedicated to articles that are relevant to our work since MPAC's inception
We will be moving articles and links to this page that have been on the website for a period of time but that still have relevence 
to our mission.
BélO Concert at Maine State Prison

AG Exonerates Guards Lance Tapley:

Listen: Prisoner Advocates Press for Probe into Inmate's Death Susan Sharon, MPBN: 

Two years later, inmate homicide investigation remains incomplete Heather Steeves, Bangor Daily 

MAINE COMPASS: Uncovering moral weakness in defense of the corporate soul  Stan Moody, Morning Sentinel

Village Soup Community Network (another inmate death)

Watch: Group claims prison is responsible for inmate's death  WCSH-TV6 

Federal investigation of inmate's death sought  Abigail Curtis:, Bangor Daily News
Village Soup, John Hale

Rev. Stan Moody on Prison Reform
Leslie Bridges, Morning Sentinel 
M-PAC group demonstration at Augusta State House on November 17, 2010 to protest AG's findings in the death of prisoner Victor Valdez. Photo courtesy of Bangor Daily News.
Listen: Beaten Maine Prison Inmate Dies
Tom Porter interview with Judy Garvey, MPBN
Stephen Betts, Village Soup
The Death of Victor Valdez - First Reports
A Prison Obituary: The Tragedy of Victor Valdez Lance Tapley, Portland Phoenix
Listen: Maine State Prison Inmate's Death Under Investigation   Susan Sharon,  MPBN
Another Suspicious Death in MSP's 
 Lockdown Unit James Ridgeway, Solitary Watch
A Mysterious New Inmate Death
Lance Tapley,The Phoenix
Fugitive being held in Maine prison dies
David Robinson, Portland Press Herald
22-year-old inmate dies in Kennebec Jail,
The Associated Press via BDN
Michael Chasse died on 11-3-11  
at NJ State Prison. Michael was transferred from Maine State Prison in Jan 2011. 
In 2005, Lance Tapley featured Michael Chasse in, Torture in Maine Prisons 
Michael Chasse courtesy of Chasse Family via BDN
Sex offender's suicide raises questions about treatment  Craig Crosby, Kennebeck Journal
(also see the sidebar with quotes by Stan Moody)
George Swanson
Father of dead Maine inmate points to medical care
By Dennis Hoey, Portland Press Herald
Inmate Garrett Brewer
Maine Correctional Center Inmate,
Garrett Brewer passed away in
Maine State custody 
Blood tests needed for Maine inmate's cause of death by David Hench, Portland Press Herald
No motive yet in Maine prison homicide
Guy Hunnewell is accused of killing fellow inmate Alan Powell Jr., but state officials aren't saying what might have caused the attack. Portland Press Herald, David Hench
MSP Inmate, Sheldon Weinstein
 Murdered at Maine State Prison
York County jail inmate killed himself police say - Jeffrey Noonan, 49, who was on suicide watch, caused his own death by removing a shunt used for kidney dialysis, officials say. Eric Russell, Portland Press Herald
Archived Preventable Deaths In 
Maine Prisons
M-PAC decries AG's ruling on   
Death of Victor Valdez
AUGUSTA -- Prisoner advocates denounced the findings released Thursday of the Maine Attorney General’s Office which concluded that alleged abuse by Maine State Prison guards was not responsible for the November 2009 death of Victor Valdez of Portland.
     David Bidler, a spokesman for the Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition (MPAC), said the statewide group would demand further investigation into the death of Valdez, who, according to many witness reports, was systematically abused by guards over a long period, and suffered from kidney disease that required dialysis treatments three days a week.
    Only after two months of public pressure by MPAC and other prisoner advocates did the state Attorney General’s Office agree to investigate the death. . . .

  Read entire article... "MPAC decries....
Archived Supreme Court 
"Strip Searches" Articles
Maine's strip search standard the right one The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling wrongly calls these humiliating searches constitutional, Portland Press Herald Editorial

Listen: High Court Strip Search Ruling Brings Mixed Reaction 
in Maine,  MPBN

Jail officials told to heed state strip-search limits Ann S. Kim, Portland Press Herald
M-PAC Requests U.S. DOJ Investigation
Steven Betts, Courier - Gazette / Camden Herald
Robbie Bothen
Robbie BothenFirst MPAC Coordinator Passes Away
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.
New Maine State Prison Warden 
Named  Stephen Betts, Bangor Daily News
Rodney Bouffard,
New Maine State Prison Warden
Ron Huber, MDOC Commissioner Joe Ponte, Arty Belanger, Sharril Saunders, Steve Lewicki, MDOC Classification Dir Scott McCaffery at MDOC-MPAC meeting
New Windham prison plan unveiled
Kayla Collins, Keep Me Current
Maine Voices: Contact with media is helpful for inmates who want to rejoin society
A policy change allowing prisoners to submit writing for publication upholds First Amendment rights.
Jeffrey Libby - Special to the PRESS HERALD
Maine Voices: Alternative confinement should be expanded for aging, ailing prisoners
With proper supervision, nursing homes, hospices and assisted living can be humane and cost-effective
Irving Faunce - Special to the PRESS HERALD
It is with a heavy heart that we share that Neil Robertson, former co-coordinator of MPAC has passed away on Sunday, February 26, 2017 night, after a valiant challenge with cancer.

Neil, a former Physician's Assistant and community activist, worked a co-coordinator with Joseph Jackson until he was diagnosed with cancer two years ago. 

We all send our love and condolences to his family and friends, especially young adult his son, Liam Robertson. 

We will miss you and were happy to know and work with you. 
Rest in Peace Neil ❤
Neil Robertson, former MPAC Co-coordinator
The Passing of Neil Robertson
Former MPAC Co-Coordinator