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Seeking humane treatment
Some Maine people are taking moral responsibility for the way supermax inmates are treated.
State and national efforts well under way
| February 19, 2010
Screams from solitary
The 132-man supermax unit within the 925-man Maine State Prison is an expensive, taxpayer-funded torture chamber that for 18 years has sucked in mostly nonviolent, mostly mentally ill prisoners and ground them up by means of mind-destroying solitary conf
‘By dehumanizing prisoners, we dehumanize ourselves.’
| February 19, 2010
Prison in turmoil
Will reform have to wait for a new governor?
Investigators probe killing, stabbing, corruption allegations
| June 19, 2009
Putting an end to the hunger strike
Maine State Prison officials ended a hunger strike involving at least 10 inmates of the solitary-confinement Supermax unit in Warren by threatening to withhold the strikers’ psychotropic medications, according to allegations by an inmate who participated
LANCE TAPLEY and JEFF INGLIS
| May 15, 2009
Maine Supermax inmates on hunger strike
_By Lance TapleyAt least eight inmates of the Maine State Prison’s solitary-confinement Supermax un...
| May 06, 2009
The mentally ill, criminalized
She is afraid he will continue to be kept in the Supermax, which will make him worse, she says.
| September 10, 2008
As an avid theater-goer, there are times when I hanker to positively consume a fine play.
A venue-to-venue tour of Portland
| January 02, 2008
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.
| August 08, 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.
| June 27, 2007
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
| April 11, 2007
An insult to justice
Portland Phoenix freelancer Lance Tapley was given the Maine State Bar Association's Excellence in Legal Journalism Award last week at the association's annual meeting.
Truth to power
| January 31, 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
| December 13, 2006
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
| July 19, 2006
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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