Stories about Maine State Prison

Michael Chapman during his trial at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor on April 21, 2013.

Sanford man involved in Corinth convenience store burglary gets concurrent time for burning vehicle

By Judy Harrison on June 19, 2014, at 3:26 p.m.
BANGOR | A Sanford man involved in a smash-and-grab burglary two years ago at a Corinth convenience store whose arson conviction was reinstated last month by the Maine Supreme Court was sentenced Thursday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to seven years with all but two suspended. Michael W. Chapman, …

Maine State Prison records show nine staffers disciplined for ethnic slurs

By Stephen Betts on April 20, 2013, at 6:09 a.m.
WARREN | Eight officers at the Maine State Prison were reprimanded earlier this year for making derogatory ethnic slurs against another employee, according to disciplinary records released by the Maine Department of Corrections. A ninth officer — a supervisor — also was suspended for not taking action regarding the …

Corrections commissioner describes how Maine State Prison is striving to reduce violence

By Stephen Betts on April 15, 2013, at 5:59 a.m.
WARREN | Inmate gangs that extort and intimidate other prisoners exist in every facility across the country, but Maine Department of Corrections Commissioner Joseph Ponte said steps have been taken to control such violence at the Maine State Prison. And more changes are on the horizon. Ponte agreed to …
Patricia Barnhart

Dismissed Maine State Prison warden remains on state payroll

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 29, 2013, at 6:56 p.m.
WARREN | Patricia Barnhart, who was fired as warden of the Maine State Prison three weeks ago, remains on the state payroll. Jody Breton, associate commissioner of the Maine Department of Corrections, confirmed Tuesday that Barnhart remained on the state payroll. She declined to comment further on the personnel …
Patricia Barnhart

Lawmaker says firing of Maine State Prison warden was over management issues

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 11, 2013, at 5:51 p.m.
WARREN | The firing of Maine State Prison Warden Patricia Barnhart on Thursday appeared to be over management issues and involved nothing improper on her part, according to the Senate chairman of the legislative committee that oversees the corrections system. Despite numerous sources confirming her dismissal Friday, administrators with …

Hospice program provides care, comfort for Maine’s aging prison population

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 19, 2012, at 6:31 p.m.
WARREN | Santanu Basu has been a resident of Maine State Prison for a long time already, and has a lot more time to go before he’s released. If he’s ever released, that is. So Basu, a convicted murderer, has resolved to do good during the remaining decades of …

Convicted murderer dies at Maine State Prison

By Dawn Gagnon on July 26, 2012, at 7:07 p.m.
WARREN | A Maine State Prison inmate who was serving a life sentence for murder died Thursday morning due to ongoing health problems, the Maine Department of Corrections announced. The prisoner was 64-year-old Charles Page, the department’s spokeswoman, Judy Plummer, said in a news release issued late Thursday afternoon. …

Less restriction equals less violence at Maine State Prison

By Alex Barber on June 15, 2012, at 1:54 p.m.
WARREN | A change implemented last year in the way the Maine State Prison deals with violent and disruptive inmates is paying off, both financially and behaviorally, Department of Corrections officials say. In 2011, the state prison in Warren, following a nationwide trend as well as the recommendations of …
Victor Valdez

Prisoner’s death inspires new opera

By Abigail Curtis on Dec. 19, 2011, at 8:13 p.m.
BELFAST | When Maine State Prison inmate Victor Valdez died in custody in November 2009, it sparked an outcry among prisoner and human rights advocates. They believed the frail, sickly 52-year-old prisoner from the Dominican Republic may have been badly beaten by guards before his death. The fact that …
Inmate Edwin Devaughn Keys, who earned his associate degree Wednesday from an in-prison program, hugged his 11-year-old daughter Kapri Keys who cried after her dad was handed his diploma in Maine State Prison.

Three Maine State Prison inmates earn bachelor’s degrees

By Heather Steeves on Oct. 19, 2011, at 7:38 p.m.
WARREN | Shaun Libby, 32, of Standish was a teenager when he killed a man while trying to rob a gas station. He has grown up a lot since then. On Wednesday, Libby and eight other men received degrees from a Maine State Prison college program. It has been …
Patricia Barnhart

State hopes to avoid future problems raised by prison land sale deal

By Eric Russell on Oct. 18, 2011, at 5:37 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Hoping to avoid another questionable sale of state-owned land, lawmakers on Tuesday asked the state’s Department of Administrative and Financial Services to draft legislation that would make the process for marketing and selling state land uniform across state agencies. The discussion of how the state sells land …

$30,000 worth of heroin found in Maine State Prison Showroom

By Heather Steeves on Oct. 04, 2011, at 4:31 p.m.
THOMASTON | Police have figured out one way drugs are getting into the Maine State Prison. On Monday, police and a prison staffer reportedly found $30,000 worth of heroin inside the Maine State Prison Showroom bathroom apparently waiting to be smuggled into the prison. A woman dropped off the …
Patricia Barnhart

State buys back land from warden, lost $2,000 on the deal

By Heather Steeves on Sept. 29, 2011, at 6:14 p.m.
THOMASTON | At a net cost of $2,000, the state has bought back about 5 acres of coastal property sold in a controversial deal to the Maine State Prison warden. On Sept. 21, the state Attorney General’s Office bought back for $177,000 three parcels of land from Maine State …

Inmates file lawsuits in alleged padlock assaults

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 08, 2011, at 7:52 p.m.
WARREN | Two Maine State Prison inmates, one of whom is a convicted murderer, have filed federal lawsuits against prison officials after allegedly being beaten by other prisoners armed with prison-issued padlocks. The two separate suits were filed Aug. 30 in U.S. District Court in Bangor by inmates Keith …
Inmate Andy Pratt of Rockland conditions 4 1/2-month-old Labrador retriever Sadie to ring a bell as fellow Bolduc Correctional Facility inmate Joshua McCarthy (in background) of Freeport looks on. Marie Finnegan (right), a dog trainer and owner of K-9 Solutions, is volunteering at the facility to help the inmates as they train the dogs for placement with families.

K-9 Corrections program helps inmates, dogs learn to get along

By Heather Steeves on Aug. 19, 2011, at 12:59 p.m.
WARREN | They’re in there for the same reason. Both the men and the dogs broke society’s rules. Now the Maine State Prison brings misbehaving dogs together with inmates to help each other. A rehabilitation program for both humans and dogs, K-9 Corrections takes puppies from the Humane Society …
Three houses near the site of the former state prison, that were recently sold to the present warden are seen in Thomaston this month. Maine's finance commissioner is taking responsibility for mishandling the state's sale of property in Thomaston to the Maine State Prison warden on Tuesday, July 19, 2011. Commissioner Sawin Millett told the Legislature's Government Oversight Committee his department failed to consider a law that bars state officials from benefiting financially from state contracts.

Maine finance chief says his office missed details in sale of land to state employee

By Eric Russell on July 19, 2011, at 1:04 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Maine’s finance commissioner took sole responsibility Tuesday for the controversial sale of land in Thomaston to a state employee and vowed to create policies to ensure there is more accountability and transparency in similar future sales. Sawin Millett and other state officials fielded tough questions during a Tuesday …

Inmate charged with manslaughter in 2009 death of another prisoner

By Heather Steeves on July 14, 2011, at 8:11 p.m.
WARREN | A Maine State Prison inmate has been indicted on a manslaughter charge in connection with the death of another inmate at the prison two years ago. John Thibeault, 32, formerly of Brewer and Orono, was indicted by the Knox County grand jury on Thursday. The indictment, which …

Maine State Prison completes three-day lockdown to find contraband

By Heather Steeves on July 14, 2011, at 1:43 p.m.
WARREN, Maine — A three-day lockdown at the Maine State Prison ended Thursday evening. The prison had been in a lockdown since Tuesday as officials searched the facility cell by cell to find drugs, DVDs and other contraband. This was a routine search that was not spurred by any recent …
Theodore Stanislaw, 51, Blue Hill.

Music teacher resentenced to 27 years behind bars

By Bill Trotter on July 12, 2011, at 7:47 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | Though his 28-year sentence for molesting his music students was vacated by the state’s highest court, a former Blue Hill man has been resentenced to serve 27 years behind bars. Theodore S. Stanislaw, 52, was convicted and sentenced in January 2010 of unlawful sexual contact, unlawful sexual …

Police reviewing inmate death at Maine State Prison in Warren

By Kevin Miller on July 09, 2011, at 12:58 p.m.
BELFAST | State police are reviewing the death of a convicted murderer incarcerated at the Maine State Prison in Warren. Robert Ingerson, 65, died at approximately 11:30 p.m. Friday after being transported to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport. Ingerson had served 45 years of a life sentence for …