The Portland Phoenix's seven-years-and-counting series by Lance Tapley on torture in Maine's prison, most especially including conditions in solitary confinement, has gotten national recognition in an article that's part of the Columbia Journalism Review's most recent cover package on "race, class, and the media."
Lance Tapley, who has written for many years about Deane Brown, the Maine State Prison whistleblower who has been exiled out of state in an effort to limit his access to the media, has an update on Brown's situation that just went up on SolitaryWatch. See how Deane's doing. (Spoiler: It's still a struggle. Read more about Deane's efforts to return to Maine in an upcoming issue of the Phoenix.)
In this week's Phoenix, out tomorrow, Lance Tapley talks to state senator Justin Alfond about several troubling pieces of legislation still up for debate in Augusta (there are just two weeks left until the end of the legislative session).
One of those is LD 1853, An Act To Improve Environmental Oversight and Streamline Permitting for Mining in Maine, which would change the state's mining laws, making them more lenient.
Portland Phoenix contributing writer Lance Tapley has an article in the latest issue of the Boston Review. It's called "The Worst of the Worst: Supermax Torture in America," and is largely based on his five years of reporting on the Maine State Prison in the Phoenix. Go check it out!
Thanks to Mike Tipping over at Maine Politics for posting some audio of the gov's press conference about the budget (click to listen), and for name-checking Portland Phoenix contributing writer Lance Tapley for asking interesting questions. (Some of the questions were along the lines of "Hey Guv: Stop Slashing!" from the January 2 issue.