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Death of bin Laden: Doomsday or Renewal?

May 6, 2011

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Author: Stan Moody We are left to speculate as to the effect of the execution of Osama bin Laden on the American psyche. On a feeding frenzy since 9/11, the military industrial complex, the most self-conscious wing of corporate capitalism, will need the kind of resuscitation that only money can buy. There appears to be […]

Maine Wants a Piece of Arizona’s Immigration Law

April 23, 2011

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Author: Stan Moody As Maine lurches from one legislative session to another, it becomes common for the media to sit back and decide which bill is valid and which a waste of time. Having been both a legislator and editorial writer, I have an appreciation of the urgings that drive both. In a word, both […]

Republican Senators Blast Gov. Paul LePage

April 19, 2011

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Author: Stan Moody I respond to the opinion piece on Gov. Paul LePage, posted in the Kennebec Journal on April 4th by 8 of his Republican colleagues in the senate. It was run while LePage was on vacation and after he had apologized to the senators. The prevailing rule of politics is indeed civil discourse. […]

Prison Requiem: Thomas Joseph Hart

April 15, 2011

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Author: Stan Moody The Bangor Daily News article said he died on April 9, about 24 hours after he slipped in the shower at Penobscot County Jail. He was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center to be treated for a fractured hip but refused treatment. $40 Short and Five Weeks of Bad Road: A February […]

Prison Rape Reform Makes for Strange Cell-Fellows

April 4, 2011

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Author: Stan Moody The Maine Department of Corrections has a policy that takes denial to a new art form. It is a zero tolerance for sex. The maximum security Maine State Prison houses roughly 1,000 prisoners, most of whom are young, virile males. Assuming the policy has less to do with prisoner behavior and more […]

Advocacy Group Opposes Bill To Move Prisoners Out of Maine

April 1, 2011

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AUGUSTA — The Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition (M-PAC) will vigorously oppose a bill that would allow the Department of Corrections Commissioner, for the first time in Maine’s history, to ship Maine’s prisoners to out-of-state corporate prisons “for any purpose,” coalition leaders said Friday. The proposed law, known as L.D. 1095, titled, “An Act to Facilitate the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Another Unexplained Death in Maine Prisons

March 14, 2011

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Prison reacts to prevent flu outbreak (While Rome Burns?) By Stephen Betts | Mar 10, 2011 Share WARREN — The Maine Corrections Department is taking steps to prevent a flu outbreak at the Bolduc Correctional Facility. But the associate commissioner of the department said that the steps are not related to the death of a […]