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Prison News | Maine

Recent events, organized by category (below) or region/state (right), concerning the corrections industry in Maine. Comments, suggestions and contributions (below) appreciated.

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Prison Classification, Placement, & Release

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Prison Life & Culture

  • Alone in a Prison Cell With a Tiny Window ‘Frontline’ Looks at Jail in ‘Solitary Nation’
    “Solitary Nation” is about as hopeless an hour of television as you can imagine, which is exactly the reason to watch it. Whatever picture you might have in your mind of the nature of solitary confinement will be changed by this “Frontline” documentary (Tuesday night on PBS stations), and any notions you might have that it could be eliminated will be dimmed....[more]

  • Change Is Possible: A Case Study of Solitary Confinement Reform in Maine
    The successful efforts of individuals to reduce the use of solitary confinement and to make the conditions found in solitary settings are described. Sections of this case study include: introduction; the origins of solitary confinement; the psychological effects of long-term isolation; before the reforms—solitary confinement in Maine; it does not have to be this way—the Maine reform example of what and how it happened; keys to success—honest assessment and organizing and cooperation; overcoming institutional inertia related to safety, alternatives, reform worth the effort, and whether advocated really understand the situation; the lesso...[more]

  • Maine jail may ban visits with inmates
    ALFRED, Maine -- The York County Jail is proposing to end in- person visits between inmates and their families and friends to cut down on the amount of drugs, tobacco, and other contraband being smuggled in....[more]

Riots, Lockdowns & Escapes

Suicides in Prison

  • Federal lawsuit over inmate’s suicide in 2008 at Portland jail to go forward
    PORTLAND, Maine — A portion of a wrongful death lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court by the mother of an inmate who committed suicide while incarcerated at the Cumberland County Jail in 2008 will go forward after the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this month upheld a decision by a federal judge in Maine.......[more]

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