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Probation: Common Sense Prison Reform

February 28, 2011

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Author: Stan Moody A disconnect is widening between state fiscal responsibility and the revolving door of Corrections. The lion’s share of funds being gobbled up by housing and chronic medical care, it follows that services focused on rehabilitation of prisoners will find it increasingly difficult to be heard in this poor economy. Across the nation, […]

Private Prison with a Divine Twist

February 17, 2011

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Author, Stan Moody: Prison Reform in Action: The web site’s Home Page begins by asking two rhetorical questions: “What is your passion?” “What will be your legacy?” It calls on individuals to live up to their beliefs. At a time when the passionless, bloated public corrections bureaucracy presides over the 2nd fastest- growing budget in […]

No-Knock Police Raid Scores Hole-in-One

February 14, 2011

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Author, Stan Moody: No Prison Reform or Court Reform until Police State is Brought Under Control: A February 14, 2011 article in USA TODAY raises the specter of a police state becoming less concerned with protecting the public and more with protecting police officers. Long gone by way of the Patriot Act is the rock-solid […]

Prison Reform: Breaking The Grip Of The Shadow Government

February 13, 2011

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Author, Stan Moody: I received a poignant email from a colleague. She had read my article, Racketeering Charged at Maine State Prison. Her message got my attention: “The same rules that apply in prison have evolved in organized crime…Officers gain strength by creating a ‘selfhood’ out of so-called ‘brotherhood’ because they are incapable of full […]

Racketeering Charged At Maine State Prison

February 11, 2011

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Author, Stan Moody: Motion to Intervene: A Feb. 4, 2010 deposition taken of one former security guard in support of a lawsuit filed against the State of Maine by another former security guard has disclosed a “shadow government” at Maine State Prison (MSP) that operates independently of Maine Department of Corrections policies and procedures. On […]

Prison Reform: Where Is The Church?

February 10, 2011

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Author: Stan Moody: Reformer Martin Luther, condemned at the 1521 Diet of Worms trial for daring as a Catholic monk to challenge the Holy Roman Empire on its doctrine of indulgences, wrote, Did we in our own strength confide, Our striving would be losing; Were not the right Man on our side, The Man of […]

Prison Myth No. 1: “Prisoners Want To Go Into Solitary Confinement”

February 10, 2011

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Solitary Watch Guest Post by Stan Moody: Editors’ note: Stan Moody is a former state representative and chaplain at the Maine State Prison, where he ministered to inmates in the supermax unit. Moody, who currently serves as pastor at the Meeting House Church in Manchester, Maine, is the author of the books Crisis in Evangelical […]

Bill To Fix Maine’s Leper Colony Registry

February 9, 2011

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Author: Stan Moody: Seemingly on cue, former Senate Chair of the Maine Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety, Sen. Bill Diamond, has introduced a bill to grade the severity of those on the Sex Offender Registry. The Sex Offender Registry, Maine Government’s top Google-ranked site, is a common point of interest for […]

Maine Looks Longingly at Casinos and Private Prisons

February 8, 2011

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Author: Stan Moody: What has happened to the Maine of our ancestors that once led the nation economically and politically? Some say that rich Republicans milked it dry decades ago by pulling up the economic opportunity ladder behind themselves. Others say the Democrats created a nanny-state that has everyone standing around for a handout. Still […]

Cops Get Federal Funding On The Backs Of Maine’s Sex Offenders

February 5, 2011

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Author: Stan Moody: On Friday, February 4, I received a phone call that still has me fuming. It was a wife, mother and school bus driver in a little town in Maine. She was so distraught that she could barely speak. Her husband, some 25 years ago at age 20, had been convicted of a […]