Maine State Prison

Rebecca Conley / Maine Public

Around the country and the world there’s a growing movement calling for the end to solitary confinement, also known as administrative segregation, restrictive housing or lockdown. Here in Maine, the Department of Corrections is leading the effort to curtail its use.

Maine’s prison system has had a tough time finding and keeping guards, with as many as three dozen officer positions unfilled at the Maine State Prison. A pay raise approved by the Legislature last year has helped the recruitment effort, but now the system faces a new challenge.

Guards had complained about long hours and low pay. And they told lawmakers that they could make better money as private security guards.

Michelle Sanborn

A plan by the Maine State Prison in Warren to cut back on visitation beginning later this month is raising anxiety among some prisoners’ families and friends who fear it will discourage contact.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Civil liberties groups and other advocates are calling on the state to withdraw or rewrite proposed changes to prison discipline policies that came under fire at a public hearing in Augusta Monday morning.

WARREN, Maine_ Officials with the Maine Department of Corrections are not speculating on what may have caused the death of an inmate Saturday afternoon.

Life Behind Bars

Jun 10, 2015

We speak with a former prison guard and a former prison inmate about what life is like behind bars.

Susan Sharon / MPBN

WARREN, Maine - Inmates, attorneys and civil rights advocates are hoping to revamp what they say is an unworkable grievance process at the Maine State Prison. Grievances are the only way for those behind bars to seek redress for mistreatment, conditions and other concerns.

Susan Sharon / MPBN

WARREN, Maine - Almost 20 years ago, Congress passed a law designed to cut down on what were deemed "frivolous and excessive" lawsuits by prisoners around the country. The Prison Litigation Reform Act Act requires prisoners to exhaust the internal grievance process before they can seek relief in federal court.

WARREN, Maine - Police say seven people are facing charges for allegedly smuggling drugs into the Maine State Prison inside greetings cards.

The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency said Wednesday the suboxone strips originated in Connecticut and were sent to various Maine addresses.

The Portland Press Herald reports that the strips were then smuggled into the Warren prison inside cards during prisoner visits.

WARREN, Maine - The Maine Department of Corrections says authorities are reviewing the death of an inmate at the Maine State Prison in Warren.

The department says state police and the medical examiner's office have been notified of the death of 77-year-old Edward C. Robinson Jr. on Monday night. Robinson, of Penobscot County, was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences for murder in 1990.

Authorities are investigating the death of an inmate at the Maine State Prison in Warren.

Corrections Department officials say Jerry Robin Lydick, 56, died last night at about 10:30. Lydick, of Penobscot County, had served about 2 years and 3 months of a 20-year sentence for gross sexual assault and unlawful sexual contact.

Investigators told The Associated Press that there's no evidence of foul play in Lydick's death, and a spokesman in the medical examiner's office said he died of natural causes.

WARREN, Maine (AP) _ The Maine Department of Corrections says that a 68-year-old inmate at Maine State Prison in Warren has died.
    Officials said that the Paul Henry Gray of Aroostook County died at about 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday at Portland's Maine Medical Center.
    He had served about 21 years of the 55-year sentence for murder that he received in 1993. He was set to be released in 2028.