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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Maine’s Sex Offender Conundrum

March 16, 2011

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Author: Stan Moody On January 3, 2011, when the 125th Maine Legislative Session was still a gleam in every new legislator’s eye, the Kennebec Journal published an article by Mal Leary of Capitol News Service. Title of the article: “Lawmakers Brace for Sex Offender Bills.” Oh, those sex offenders! We seem to know what to […]

Prison Reform: Is “Joe the Boss” Ready for Prime Time?

March 14, 2011

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Author: Stan Moody As the first to jump on board in support of the nomination of Joseph Ponte as Commissioner of the Maine Department of Corrections, I am getting the uneasy feeling that he may be inching toward the end of an illustrious career that attracted him to me in the first place. In an […]

Prison Reform: Kicking the “Can” On Down the Road

March 9, 2011

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Author: Stan Moody When I began this journey over a year ago, advocating for reform of our prisons, I never dreamed that so arcane and bizarre a subject could become a source of amusement. Despite being a former legislator, I had forgotten the inherent lack of courage on the part of legislators, driving their propensity […]

Twiddle Dee and Twiddle Dum Politics

March 4, 2011

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Author: Stan Moody In 2004, I crossed the legislative aisle from Republican to Democrat, not because I thought the Democrats were any purer than Republicans but because I held contempt for political parties as the distinguishing feature of anybody’s life. The Democrats were in charge, hence a better deal for my constituents, whose access to […]

Prison Reform Needs More Public, Political Attention

March 3, 2011

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March 1, 2011 | by Jason Campbell, regular columnist As our nation moves closer to the next presidential election, debates on both the common and more particular areas of political interest are rising. In this current election cycle, the policies of the Obama administration are certainly at the forefront as the Republican Party grooms its […]

Prison “A la Court”: Kids for Cash

March 1, 2011

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Author: Stan Moody A la Carte is a French term for “from the menu.” An entrée ordered from the menu usually entitles the customer to a choice of side dishes. The menu in this case is a choice of corrections facilities in Pennsylvania, a favored entré being a private, for profit juvenile detention center prepared […]

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, […]