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Maine State Prison
  • Published
    September 2, 2010

    Warden Barnhart seeks to meet high expectations

    Warden Patricia Barnhart's office walls at the Maine State Prison on Cushing Road evoke her past journeys and present occupation. Posters of European destinations share space with half-hull models, cutting boards and furniture that are made in the prison and sold at the Prison Showroom on Route 1 in Thomaston. Barnhart arrived in Warren over the Thanksgiving weekend last year and took up her position Dec. 1 ...

  • Published
    September 2, 2010

    A snapshot of Maine’s prison system

    When she left school in the 1980s, Maine State Prison Warden Patricia Barnhart said her home state of Michigan was in a prison-building boom. Today that state houses approximately 45,000 inmates in 40 prisons. Maine, by contrast, has one prison. In addition to the Maine State Prison, which houses 810 inmates, Barnhart is responsible for the Bolduc Correctional Facility, which is supervised by a deputy warden. ...

  • Published
    September 2, 2010

    Inmate education gets boost from Sunshine Lady Foundation

    One of the ways that inmates in Warren and around the country are expanding their limits is through the philanthropy of Doris Buffett's Sunshine Lady Foundation. Founded in 1996, the foundation provides funds to pay for tuition and materials for a college degree program for those in prison. According to Maine State Prison Deputy Warden Leida Dardis, 45 college students at Maine State Prison are sponsored by ...

  • Published
    April 20, 2010

    Mother seeks redress in son’s death at Maine State Prison

    Ryan Rideout, 24, of Presque Isle was found hanging in his cell in the Special Management Unit, also known as solitary confinement, at the Maine State Prison in Warren late on Oct. 5, 2006, while serving a 17-month sentence. According to a statement by Maine Public Safety Spokesman Steve McCausland at the time of Rideout's death, the inmate used a bed sheet to hang himself. Judgment was entered on April 16, ...

  • Published
    April 7, 2010

    Watered down prisoner protection bill approved

    Local legislators were divided on a bill that would have restricted the use of solitary confinement in state prisons. The House voted 78-67 on April 6 to accept an amended version of LD 1611, "An Act to Ensure Humane Treatment for Special Management Prisoners." The amended version removed all of the restrictions that had been in the original bill. The Senate also approved the resolve but there was no roll call ...

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