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Maine Corrections Commissioner Hits the Ground Running!

March 31, 2011

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Author: Stan Moody Newly-appointed Maine Department of Corrections Commissioner, Joseph Ponte, is living up to his reputation as “Joe the Boss.” Quiet, self-effacing, he is assuming control by doing the right things early on. Mark of a Good Manager: A good manager begins by sitting down with staff and asking them to describe their jobs […]

Maine Murderer Takes the Fall for Connecticut Priest

March 30, 2011

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Author: Stan Moody 60 Years and Counting: It was August 20, 1987.  The Prosecution asked the Court to sentence 23-yr. old Jeffrey Libby to 50 years for murdering his grandfather in a fit of rage.  The judge, now deceased, sentenced him to 60 years, saying, “There is nothing in this case that can be seen […]

Chaplains – The Last Defense Against Prison Secrecy

March 28, 2011

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Author: Stan Moody The headlines screamed, “Vicious, Feared Attack Leaves PA Inmate Comatose.” The article began, “If his diary and witness accounts are to be believed, Nicholas Pinto endured months of physical, sexual and mental abuse in prison. Guards roughed him up, made him stand naked in a cold cell for hours at a time […]

Prison Reform: Moving Beyond the Scott Sisters

March 24, 2011

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Author: Stan Moody Shortly before the Scott Sisters, Jamie and Gladys, were released from prison in Mississippi in early January, 2011, I was a bit player in the drama by efforts to have Jamie apply for a pass for me to visit as her pastor. Conversations with a number of happy, accommodating bureaucrats within the […]

What List Are You On?

March 23, 2011

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Author: Stan Moody In my work on prison reform in Maine, I have noticed that there are pockets of activists, some organized and some not so organized, each with a certain niche but with no collaborative agenda. Several weeks ago, I had lunch with the founder and executive director of one of those well-organized but […]

Denial Is a River in Gotham City, Maine

March 22, 2011

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Author: Stan Moody Syndicated Columnist, Leonard Pitts, recently published a piece, “Telling the truth that no one wants to believe.” It strikes at the heart of what ails America as we lurch from one political extreme to another. Government’s role no longer is the protection of and promotion of the general welfare of its citizens […]

Prison Advocacy Group Files Federal Complaint on Prisoner Deaths

March 18, 2011

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Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition (M-PAC) maineprisoneradvocacy.org Jonathan M. Smith, Chief Civil Rights Division RE: Request for Investigation Special Litigation Section of Maine Department of Corrections U.S. Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20530 March 17, 2011 Dear Jonathan M. Smith: The Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition (M-PAC), a growing coalition of human rights […]