Posted by on December 6, 2018 2:00 am
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The philosophy of punishment seems to have changed. To fix our broken system, we must return to the progressive policies of old

I was held as a prisoner in Maine for two decades. Now I coordinate the Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition (MPAC), a grassroots organization, advocating directly with the Maine department of corrections on behalf of prisoners and their families. When I am asked why I am so passionate about transforming the system that held me captive, I always respond the same way: I can’t walk away and leave the people I lived beside for 20 years in a state of perpetual fear and endless torture.

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