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From a distance

Moosehorn Crossing is a long way from . . . well . . . pretty much anywhere.
On county government
By AL DIAMON  |  September 30, 2011

The powerless rise

I’m an even-tempered guy. I don’t lose my cool more than, maybe, once or twice a day.
The danger of the unfocused anger of the Tea Party
By AL DIAMON  |  May 21, 2010
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Falling down

Critics of the state Department of Corrections say the hostage-taking last June at the Maine State Prison dramatically illustrates that the concrete, high-tech lockup in Warren is showing cracks from stress on the prison guards.
Mistreatment of Maine prison guards lands heavily on inmates
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  November 05, 2008

The mentally ill, criminalized

She is afraid he will continue to be kept in the Supermax, which will make him worse, she says.
Common nonsense
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  September 10, 2008
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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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No side bets

Opponents of legalized gaming in Massachusetts are celebrating the death this past week of Governor Deval Patrick’s bill to license casinos, which was crushed by a seemingly decisive margin of more than two-to-one.
The governor’s gaming legislation crapped out, but are casinos still alive in a compromise? Plus, a school-budget crisis could start a political firestorm.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 26, 2008


Still da baddest

Is your county commissioner on steroids?
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  March 05, 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
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Dangerous waits for psychiatric evaluations?

State officials admit delays for jail-inmate psychiatric evaluations have increased considerably.
Jail watch
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  August 15, 2007
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Mentally ill inmate gets care, despite state's objections

The guards “tortured me there,” he said, adding that he got “zero” mental-health treatment in prison.
Prison watch
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  August 08, 2007
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Punish the mentally ill!

Officials in Maine attorney general Steven Rowe’s office recently made a legislative effort regarding mentally ill prisoners in a controversial way.
In the lobby
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  April 11, 2007


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Knox's prophet

A Maine native and longtime resident of Belfast, Bern Porter died there in 2004 at the age of 93.
Someone's been reading Bern Porter
By CHRIS THOMPSON  |  February 07, 2007

Numbers with wings

Now that Congress has cleaned up its ethical act and banned junkets paid for by lobbyists, this might be the last time it’ll be possible to calculate exactly how much it costs to buy a US senator or representative on the open market.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  February 07, 2007

Stonewalling is normal

I could cite many examples of the difficulty in reporting to the Maine public what goes on behind the cement and bureaucratic walls of the public’s prison system — especially, in reporting brutal practices. I will give just a few.
 Reporting the prison system
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  December 13, 2006

Until there’s nothing left of us

Hey, all you Maine Republicans wallowing in self-pity, after losing the election: snap out of it.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  November 15, 2006

Medea loves doggie

In a recent  O Magazine I read that women surveyed prefer their dogs to their husbands and would marry their dogs if they could only be people.
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By CAITLIN SHETTERLY  |  September 27, 2006


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Arbitrary imprisonment

Joseph Steinberger thought he had won one of the most important trials of his legal career.
In a mysterious Guantánamo-like move, the state refuses to follow a judge’s order committing a mentally ill prisoner to Riverview
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  July 19, 2006