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Brown, ailing, to return soon
Prisoner Deane Brown should be back in Maine within two to three weeks, the Maine Department of Corrections notified his attorney on January 4.
| January 11, 2013
A prison obituary: the tragedy of Victor Valdez
Joking among themselves, a small group of guards entered Close E pod. "Lock up!" one of them suddenly commanded the prisoners: go to your cells.
A homicide? The state police are investigating. A cover-up? Who will investigate?
| July 30, 2010
Maine tortures women, too
The Maine Department of Corrections is an equal-opportunity torturer.
But Riverview presents an alternative
| March 12, 2010
Corrections disobeys another federal court order
For decades, as it has with other court orders, the Maine Department of Corrections has apparently been breaching a 1973 federal court’s decree that forbids disciplinary solitary confinement at the Maine State Prison beyond 10 days for minor offenses, or
| December 18, 2009
10 years later, we told you so
Like many in the alternative press, we pride ourselves on being ahead of the game. Sometimes, of course, that means we're wrong about what might be coming down the pike — that's part of the risk of being "out front" and not just reacting to the news as
Ten years of being right (well, mostly)
| September 18, 2009
Letters to the Editor: August 28, 2009
The venting of wind-power skeptics in the Phoenix piece " What's Wrong With Wind Power " (by Deirdre Fulton, August 21) really misses a major point — global warming. When we finally get down to grappling with dangerous climate disruption all forms of
Letters to the Portland Editor
PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS
| August 28, 2009
Judge orders injections for Maine prisoner
A Maryland court has ordered Maine prisoner Deane Brown to be forcibly injected with insulin, if necessary.
| April 23, 2008
Are the prisons overcrowded?
I am asking the whole Legislative Committee to physically go and inspect the prison to ascertain how much bed space is there.
Letters to the Portland editor: February 15, 2008
LETTERS TO THE PORTLAND EDITOR
| February 13, 2008
Exiled Maine prisoners report abuse, danger
Maine corrections officials and Governor John Baldacci refuse to comment on them or the state’s responsibility for their care.
| September 26, 2007
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
The 10th Annual Muzzle Awards
Mitt Romney will say or do anything if he thinks it will help him become president.
Silencing free speech
| July 10, 2007
Maine prison bosses violate court orders
In the activist climate of an earlier era, a Maine legal-aid group brought and won three prisoner-rights lawsuits against state corrections officials.
Department of Corrections ignores federal rulings going back to the 1970s
| June 27, 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
I had not interviewed a prisoner for six months, since the Maine Department of Corrections wanted to impose unconstitutional restrictions.
First Amendment watch
| May 02, 2007
Prison madness explained
More than 2 million people are imprisoned in the United States, the largest number of any country, including China.
| March 28, 2007
Corrections Department obstructs free press
This week is Sunshine Week, a time when media organizations around the country draw attention to state and federal Freedom of Information laws.
| March 14, 2007
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