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Maine State Prison
Top prison officials fired
In a continuing shakeup at the troubled Maine State Prison, new Corrections commissioner Joseph Ponte has fired six top officials including its controversial security chief, Deputy Warden James O'Farrell.
| June 17, 2011
At a turning point
When Joseph Ponte was told that Maine's longtime corrections commissioner Martin Magnusson had once informed the Legislature's Criminal Justice Committee, after a dramatic hostage-taking, that there were "probably 300 inmates right now with a weapon in
LePage's nominee to head Corrections has the skills to fix Maine's broken prison system. Will the governor and lawmakers give Joseph Ponte the tools?
| February 11, 2011
How big a demotion for ex-prison warden? 42%
Last week, we told you how bad the oversight of the Maine State Prison is, and we added a late-breaking tidbit: Warden Jeffrey Merrill was...
| August 17, 2009
Fears doesn't like the particular prison where he now resides. He would prefer to be in one near his family in Arizona, and not in solitary confinement.
Sent to Supermax solitary confinement
| April 10, 2009
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
| September 12, 2007
Inmate sues prison officials in federal court
Did the Maine Department of Corrections violate the First Amendment’s free-speech guarantee by keeping inmate and human-rights activist Deane Brown from contact with the news media?
First amendment watch
| May 18, 2007
Prison guards suit up
Maine State Prison warden Jeffrey Merrill has decided to replace the prison’s traditional uniform for correctional officers.
| March 14, 2007
Four months ago, a Phoenix investigative series revealed abuses of inmates at the “Supermax,” a 100-bed, solitary-confinement, maximum-security facility inside the Maine State Prison in Warren; since our articles were published, several important dev
Supermax torture revisited
| March 23, 2006
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