Maine Department of Corrections

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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.
Whistleblower Update  
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  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?
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  July 30, 2010

Maine tortures women, too

The Maine Department of Corrections is an equal-opportunity torturer.
But Riverview presents an alternative
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  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
Solitary Confinement
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  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)
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  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


Judge orders injections for Maine prisoner

A Maryland court has ordered Maine prisoner Deane Brown to be forcibly injected with insulin, if necessary.
Maryland exile
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  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

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.
Prison watch
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  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
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  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
By DAN KENNEDY  |  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
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  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
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  May 18, 2007

Prisoner gagged

I had not interviewed a prisoner for six months, since the Maine Department of Corrections wanted to impose unconstitutional restrictions.
First Amendment watch
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  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.
Big picture
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  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.
Sunshine week
By JEFF INGLIS  |  March 14, 2007