Press Coverage on Solitary Confinement in Maine:
"Ponte's prison reforms ramp up" by Lance Tapley, The Portland Phoenix, February 6, 2013. An interview with Joseph Ponte, the Department of Corrections Commissioner. The interview reviews the past two years of Ponte's prison reform accomplishments, intentions and frustrations. With Ponte's reforms, solitary confinement in Maine has been greatly reduced.
"Solitary confinement: bad for chimps, okay for humans?" by Lance Tapley, The Portland Phoenix, August 22, 2012. Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins is cosponsoring legislation that would outlaw solitary confinement for chimpanzees in research. Tapley asks, Why aren't these rights extended to humans? At least 80,000 inmates are in solitary confinement.
"Less Restriction Equals Less Violence at Maine State Prison" by Alex Barber, Bangor Daily News, June 15, 2012. Alex Barber offers a meticulous look into the success story in prison reform of Maine's Department of Corrections Commissioner, Joseph Ponte.
"Maine Voices: Solitary confinement is Not Good for Prison Inmates -- or Anyone Else" by Rev. Richard Killmer, Portland Press Herald, April 3, 2012. Rev. Richard Killmer, Executive Director of the National Religion Campaign Against Torture, advocates for reform in the Maine prison system, referencing the success of Maine's Department of Corrections commissioner, Joseph Ponte.
“Reform Comes to the Supermax” by Lance Tapley, The Portland Phoenix, May 25, 2011. A meticulous assessment of Joseph Ponte's reform of the prison system in Maine and the hurdles that accompanied success.
"The Anti-Supermax Battle Broadens" The Crime Report, May 17, 2010. Reformers have asked state legislatures to limit and outlaw solitary confinement because it meets the international definition of torture. NRCAT has partnered with the ACLU to make legislatures require a rethinking of solitary confinement.
"A 'Moral Victory' Against Supermax Torture" by Lance Tapley,The Portland Phoenix, April 15, 2010. Tapley discusses the legislative debate on LD 1611, the bill to limit solitary confinement of the state’s prisoners.
"Our View: Overuse of Prison Isolation Issue that Should Not Go Away," Editorial, Portland Press Herald, April 8, 2010. The Portland Press joins in on the solitary confinement debate with statistics and opinions.
"Maine Tortures Women, Too," by Lance Tapley, The Portland Phoenix, March 2010. Tapley discusses the various treatments of women in Maine prisons.
"The Cost of Torture," by Lance Tapley, The Portland Phoenix, February 25, 2010. The deciding factor of Maine shutting down supermax prisons could be the high costs for maintaining solitary confinement cells. The success of Mississippi is commented on by legislators as well.
"Clergy Urges Solitary Confinement Limits ," by Kevin Miller, Bangor Daily News, February 24, 2010. Religious leaders from throughout Maine urged lawmakers on Tuesday to pass legislation limiting use of solitary confinement in state prisons, calling long-term isolation of inmates harmful to both the prisoners and society.
"Religious Leaders Back Solitary Confinement Limits," by Susan Sharon, The Maine Public Broadcasting Network, February 23, 2010. A coalition of religious leaders is adding its support to LD 1611, the bill that would limit the amount of time prisoners can be placed in solitary confinement in Maine prisons and establish a review process to keep those with mental illness out of isolation.
"Prison Bill hearing Pits 'Solitary' and 'Isolation' ," by Ethan Wilensky-Lanford, Portland Press Herald, February 18, 2010. Psychiatrists say solitary confinement is torture, but an official says careful isolation is necessary.
"Former Prisoners Describe Psychiatric Toll of Solitary Confinement," Susan Sharon, The Maine Public Broadcasting Network, February 18, 2010. Members of a legislative committee yesterday heard testimony on a bill that would limit the use of solitary confinement in Maine prisons to 45 days and prohibit its use for the mentally ill.
"Screams from Solitary," by Lance Tapley, The Portland Phoenix, February 17, 2010.
"Solitary Confinement Worsens Mental Illness and Amounts to Torture," Richard Killmer, Portland Press Herald, February 12, 2010. A brief history of the ironic origins of solitary confinement and reasons why the religious community advocates for the termination of supermax prisons.
"Solitary Pitfalls," Editorial, Bangor Daily News, November 20, 2009. An evaluation of the negative effects of solitary confinement on the individuals in solitude and society.
"Is It Time to Ban Solitary Confinement?" by Julia Dahl, The Crime Report, October 12, 2009. The issue of solitary confinement in Maine goes mainstream as Julia Dahl offers various quotes on the subject.