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!
Three Mainers, all activists for prisoner-rights, will be honored by the Maine Civil Liberties Union on Friday, with the MCLU's Roger Baldwin Award, named for a co-founder of the American Civil Liberties Union.
Reverend Stan Moody (a former prison chaplain and former state legislator), Dr. Janis Petzel (president of the Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians), and Emily Posner (with the Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition) are being recognized "for their extraordinary contributions to the campaign to end solitary confinement in Maine," according to an MCLU press release.
_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 .