Saturday, March 30, 2024

Maine prisoners launch hunger strike

So today I decided to share the address for Shane in case anyone wants to write him:

Shane Michaud # 72847
807 Cushing Road, 
Warren, Maine 04864-4600

Keep it simple, or it might get returned. 

The rules and application are on that page can't just walk in during visiting hours. You have to be approved first. I sent my application in weeks ago and haven't heard back. Pete's still labeled a "felon" from a 1981 conviction, so I don't know if they'll allow him in. I'll be writing to Governor Mills soon about that. 

Shane calls me about once a week. He gets a free 5 minute phone call. Why they don't allow prisoners more phone time is... well it's criminal! Hearing from family and friends is important to rehabilitation and to prisoners' morale.

And from the homepage of the Department of Corrections' website under Family and Friends, you can deposit funds for commissary. You need his MDOC #72847 and D.O.B. 9-24-88

So I just found out that some of the inmates began protesting conditions there in Warren on Thursday! By Evan Popp, Maine State Prison residents launch hunger strike over conditions they call solitary confinement

I don't know if Shane is in pod C; however, he has stated to me that at times he's only allowed out for a very short time each day, and those who've been there longer get access to certain services other inmates don't. Randall Liberty is the warden and he's fairly new. He was a guest on the Maine podcast "Let's Talk About It" 

There are lots of good stories out there regarding injustices in Maine and other states too of course. Criminal defendants who are facing jail time, and can't afford an attorney have a constitutional right to counsel, effective counsel; and Maine is being sued for failing to provide it.

And according to a Portland Press Herald story: ‘It’s incredibly stressful:’ Aroostook defendants say weeks spent without attorneys makes defense impossible. Yeah and in Aroostook it's worse because there are even fewer lawyers there. Maybe that's because in 2008 and 2010 the Maine Supreme Court crushed Husson College in Bangor's hope of educating students to become lawyers. 

It all boils down to the American Bar Association's strict position/policy, whatever: they want professors to be tenured. And Husson stopped giving lifetime appointments to professors long ago. Attorney General Aaron Frey said he wasn't familiar with the Maine Supreme Court rulings, when I mentioned it during an interview Jennifer Rooks conducted with him on Maine Calling last Thursday. I was the last caller to speak. 

It will be of little avail to the poeple that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read or so incoherent that they cannot be understood. 

                                                      ~James Madison

Portland Press Herald: ‘It’s incredibly stressful:’ Aroostook defendants say weeks spent without attorneys makes defense impossible