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Death penalty sought for Maine prisoner

Escape-Artist Watch
Escape-Artist Watch
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  April 06, 2013

Death penalty possible for Watland

Gary Watland, the brilliant and mentally ill convicted murderer whose 2006 scheme to have his wife smuggle a loaded handgun into the Maine State Prison in Warren was foiled when another prisoner tipped off officials, faces a possible death penalty if co
Prison Murder
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  May 28, 2010
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Time for a clean sweep?

In early 2007, Rhonda Dawson, a thoughtful, candid, 45-year-old African-American guard at the Maine State Prison in Warren, quit her job after four years because, she says, of racist taunting from her fellow correctional officers.
A former guard calls for prison reform
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  July 23, 2008
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Stabbed in the back

Right now, a bewildered Mark Cible is on a nightmarish journey through some of America’s most violent prisons.
Officials reward a prison hero by endangering his life
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  September 12, 2007

Gifted felons

In an interview, Mark Cible described Gary Watland as “brilliant.” His computer prowess was especially impressive, Cible says.

By LANCE TAPLEY  |  September 12, 2007

Press behind bars

As a reporter, I can attest that the rules the state agreed to in the 1970s on news-media access to prisoners have been violated by the Corrections Department in its recent practices.

By LANCE TAPLEY  |  June 27, 2007


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Lockdown

If you were a reporter and you received a letter like the one excerpted below, what would you make of it? Lance Tapley discusses reporting the prisons  
What do prison officials have to hide?
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  December 14, 2006