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.)
Last week, we told you how bad the oversight of the Maine State Prison is, and we added a late-breaking tidbit: Warden Jeffrey Merrill was given a new job, effective immediately. While David Hench over at the Press Herald figured out that Merrill was being ousted, Abigail Curtis at the Bangor Daily News had no idea what was going on
_By Lance Tapley
At least eight inmates of the Maine State Prison’s solitary-confinement
Supermax unit in Warren
are on a hunger strike, protesting not being allowed to have radios to listen
Recent letters to the Phoenix from two
of the protesters said 10 inmates had been on strike since Sunday, May 3. Denise
Lord, associate commissioner of the Department of Corrections, said on Wednesday, May 6, that “up to eight prisoners in the Special Management Unit .