Blood on their hands? Maine prison released Conway murderer

According to this Associated Press report, the man who shot three people dead in Conway, New Hampshire, during a botched robbery attempt, was released from the Maine State Prison in May, after serving five years, during which he was denied both medication and psychiatric help.

The story says, in part:

"I reached out, asking for help. I reached out and told them I need medication. I reached out and told them I shouldn't be out in society. I told numerous cops, numerous guards," Woodbury said.

He said he wrote a four-page letter to a psychiatric counselor at the state prison in Warren about "how this (expletive) was going to crack like this. To make a long story short, they told me, 'Maybe you need some vitamins.'"

Maine prison officials continue to deny mentally ill people no treatment - and even insist on punishing them rather than giving them treatment. (See "Punish the Mentally Ill!," by Lance Tapley, April 13, 2007.)

Is this the case in which they have blood on their hands? Or will it take something more serious to effect change in the Maine prison system?

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