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Senator Collins helps derail prison reform
As a result of the apparent decision by congressional Republicans to oppose almost everything Democrats are for, Maine Senator Susan Collins — who claims to be above partisanship — helped derail Virginia Democratic Senator Jim Webb's bill to establish a
| November 11, 2011
Reducing solitary confinement
Installed by conservative Republican Governor Paul LePage last winter, Maine's new corrections commissioner, Joseph Ponte, 64, immediately set about reforming the prison system.
Exclusive Interview: How Maine’s corrections commissioner dropped supermax numbers by 70 percent . . . and became a national leader in prison reform (if anybody follows)
| October 29, 2011
Mentally ill inmates need more help
Prisoner advocates would like the new Corrections commissioner to strengthen his reform of the Maine State Prison by giving more care to the many mentally ill prisoners he is releasing from often-lengthy solitary confinement into the prison's general po
| June 24, 2011
Prison Update: It's not getting any better
It's discouraging that conditions may have worsened in state prisons since the Phoenix published "Troubled Over Bridgewater" in September.
| November 12, 2010
Baldacci rejects reform, embraces corporate prisons again
Awareness is dawning around the country that 30 years of lengthy, tough-on-crime prison sentences have constructed an unsustainably expensive penal system.
| January 21, 2009
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