Hearing about life at the prison

Tonight, at 7:30 pm, at the Meg Perry Center (644 Congress St, Portland - click for a map) Portland Phoenix contributing writer Lance Tapley will be talking about conditions in Maine's prison system, and what can be done about the inhumane treatment of prisoners. The talk is free, and follows the Meg Perry Center's opening of its latest art exhibit, "Winter Soldiers, Summer Civilians," a traveling photo show about the Iraq War being shown as part of statewide events marking the fifth anniversary of the war.

He has been investigating the prison system for two and a half years, and in honor of tonight's talk we offer here links to all the Portland Phoenix stories on the prisons. They are all written by Lance Tapley unless otherwise noted.

In chronological order from November 2005 to the present:

Torture in Maine’s Prison, November 11, 2005

Reforming the Supermax, November 18, 2005

Pressure Rising, March 24, 2006

Arbitrary Imprisonment, July 21, 2006

Death in the Supermax, October 13, 2006

Hunger Strike at Maine’s Supermax Prison, October 18, 2006

Baldacci’s ‘Political Prisoner,’ November 17, 2006

Lockdown: What do Prison Officials Have to Hide?, December 15, 2006

sidebar: Stonewalling is Normal, December 15, 2006

Sluggish Response to Suicide, January 5, 2007

Brown Defense Team Enlarging, January 12, 2007

An Insult to Justice, February 2, 2007 — Lance Tapley’s speech upon receiving the Maine State Bar Association’s Excellence in Legal Journalism Award

Cracks in the Armor, February 2, 2007

Prison Guards Suit Up, March 16, 2007

Corrections Department Obstructs Free Press, March 16, 2007 (by Jeff Inglis)

Prison Madness Explained, March 30, 2007

Punish the Mentally Ill!, April 13, 2007

Prisoners as Commodities, April 27, 2007

Prisoner Gagged, May 4, 2007

Inmate Sues Officials in Federal Court, May 18, 2007

Maine Prison Bosses Violate Court Orders, June 29, 2007 — with links to images of the court orders

sidebar: Press Behind Bars, June 29, 2007

sidebar: Waves of Activism, June 29, 2007

A Supermax "Graduate," July 13, 2007

Prisoners' Guru to Speak in Maine, July 20, 2007

Mentally Ill Inmate Gets Care, Despite State's Objections, August 10, 2007

Dangerous Waits for Psychiatric Evaluations?, August 17, 2007

We're All Doing Time, August 31, 2007

Group Seeks to Hold Maine to UN Standard, August 31, 2007 (by Jeff Inglis)

Stabbed in the Back, September 14, 2007

sidebar: Gifted Felons, September 14, 2007

Exiled Maine Prisoners Report Abuse, Danger, September 28, 2007

Mass Torture in America, November 16, 2007 — an edited version of Lance Tapley's speech to the National Lawyers Guild convention in Washington, DC


Three Prison Reform Events, January 18, 2008

Wave of Reform, February 8, 2008

sidebar: Educating Inmates, February 8, 2008

State Sued Over Inmate's Death, March 7, 2008

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