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Problems reported in Maine prison

February 23, 2013

WARREN, Maine (AP) — Current and former employees, advocates for inmates and prisoners are reporting problems with violence and a bad working environment in the Maine State Prison.

Guards tell the Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/YK7i8A ) they’re afraid to do their jobs, and inmates say treatment is more punitive than rehabilitative.

Incidents involving prisoners, including assaults, have increased sharply in the last two months at the Warren compound, where a warden’s been dismissed and two former employees have filed complaints claiming they were sacked for expressing concerns about what they saw in the prison.

In a recent incident, prison Capt. David Cutler was charged with assaulting an inmate, Renardo Williams, on Christmas Eve.

Corrections Commissioner Joseph Ponte is making changes and has been praised by Gov. Paul LePage for finding budget savings in the department.


Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com

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