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Sorry it’s been a while.  I’ve been busy. We’ve had lots of girls in here,  11 at a time when the block only holds 8.  So very crowded and lots of drama.  I’m keeping out of it, though.

Last week my lawyer came by and said some good things!  I have a conference at the end of the month.  I really hope he is doing his job.  I’ve been here for a couple of months.  Holy –  a couple of months!!  It’s gone, by fast thankfully.  At first I was counting the days one by one, but I had to stop.  It was making it go by soooo slow.  I hope I’m not in here too much longer.  I can’t wait to do a lot of things!

My roomie and I talk to God a lot mostly before bed.  We do Bible roulette.  Every day/night I get the same quote; “Jesus answered, ‘will you lay down your life for me?  Truly, truly I say to you, the rooster will not crow until you have denied me three times.” (John, 13:38)  I’m still trying to figure out what this means to me.  It can mean a few things but He is telling me this over and over for a reason.  Now, last night after telling my roomie I get the same one very day she gets out her “message book,” which is a religious book about the Bible and she quickly went through it and pointed on a page.  Sure enough it said the SAME thing.  It was jaw-dropping.  He is telling me this for a reason.  She has got me in touch with God.  I love it so much.

I hope that you and Bella are doing well.  I have a four year old cat.  She’s sooo fat.  She also hates dogs – LOL.

We recently had an outbreak of the guy blocks getting stupid high.  The C/O s should strip-search people better before booking them in.  Ha! LOL.  We have been dealing with that for almost a week now.  So crazy.  I’m definitely thankful I never did drugs (only smoking pot.)  Having my daughter young save me from experimenting with drugs.  I have a very addictive personality.  I’ve been two months without a cigg… I realy don’t want to smoke when I get out but I have a feeling I might.  The past few weeks I’ve really been craving them. :-(  I’m hoping my family will be allowed to take me in, even though bail will be really high.  I just need someone to offer a piece of land to start with so I can ask the judge for bail.  I just want out.  But I’ve been making it work.. I guess.  Nothing else to do.  LOL.

I’m hoping after tomorrow when we lost three girls the block will settle down a little.  It’s overwhelming, sometimes.

I dunno.  I’m going to keep trying to stay positive.  And hoping for the best.

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Dirty

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Maine State Prison – Michael McQuade – MDOC #82448

807 Cushing Road – Warren, Maine 04864-4600

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danny2

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Daniel Fortune – MDOC #86537 – 807 Cushing Road

Warren, Maine – 04864-4600

The Penobscot County Jail is reducing the number of inmates released in the middle of the night.
A former inmate criticized officials for allowing inmates to be released late at night when the buses weren’t running and homeless shelters were closed.

 

BANGOR, Maine — The Penobscot County Jail is reducing the number of inmates released in the middle of the night.

The Bangor Daily News reports that inmates are more likely to be released at 6:30 a.m. instead of midnight after the sheriff changed the policy last month.

The change came after a former inmate criticized officials for allowing inmates to be released late at night when the buses weren’t running and homeless shelters were closed.

The newspaper said most jails that it surveyed release inmates in the morning.

Sheriff Troy Morton says that going forward inmates serving sentences for more than seven days will now be released at 6:30 a.m, unless they request to leave at midnight.

Written by Matt “Irish” Moscillo, performed by P-6 & the Windham Philharmonic.  From the CD, “Three More Julys,” produced and recorded  by Guitardoors.org on location at the Maine Correctional Center / Windham Prison, back in 2010.

What’s poppin’?

I’m tired of wondering if everyone that I care about out there is okay, or strung out, or overdosed.

My man just got shot a couple of months ago.  Another is fighting a body (murder.)

I am tired of hearing bad news from people.

As I am,

Prince

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Daniel ‘Prince’ Fortune

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Maine State Prison – Daniel Fortune – MDOC #86753

807 Cushing Road – Warren, Maine 04564-4600

I hope things are looking up.  It might not feel that way, though.

We listen to country every weekend mornings.  I prefer rap and R & B.  But, it’s all we got.  I miss good music, but we get to listen to church music which isn’t all that bad, makes me cry usually.

In art we are making a book with all our art work and writings.,  I drew a picture of a girl.  I took half a face from a magazine and cut it in half and drew the other half.  It came out sooo good and wrote a few poems.  One was about finding God.

If I was my old sef when I get out I would be hateful to everyone who put me here but now that I have God he has shown me to forgive and not judge.  I will never forget anything we learned here.  It truly opened my eyes.  and it sucks I’m here but I’m thankful for was it has taught me.

On a side note, a girl in here got all mad because one of the new girls kept throwing the empty toilet paper roll on the floor so she took all the t.p. and would only let me and my cellie use it.  One of the new girls waa really pissed and took all our lunch trays and threw them across the room.  LOL! We had vegetable soup and rice everywhere.  All over the walls.  What a fun mess that was cleaning.  She said sorry to everyone though.  But it was crazy.

Keep praying!

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Governor Janet Mills and members of the Washington County delegation announced a plan to reopen the Downeast Correctional Facility Friday. The operation will be significantly smaller than it was before its 2018 closure.

MACHIASPORT, Maine — Reopening the Downeast Correctional Facility was high on the list of Governor Janet Mills’ campaign promises. On Friday, that plan got one step closer. Governor Mills and the Washington County delegation agreed to terms to build a new pre-release center on the DCF property.

“This is great news. This is awesome news. This is what we’ve been hoping for,” said Sen. Marianne Moore (R – Washington).

RELATED: DCF resurrected in deal to build pre-release center on lot

“We’re going to get a better facility, we’re going to a get a new and improved rebuilt facility when this has all come to fruition,” said Rep. Will Tuell (R-East Machias).

The facility is scheduled to open in two years. It will employ 15, down from the 50 that worked at the previous facility. It will hold 50 inmates, down from 150.

RELATED: Department of Corrections looks for new facility

Reopening the facility has been a mission for those in Machiasport and Washington County since its closure in 2018. Many are now optimistic.

“As a town we’d like some kind of stability down here, and this would be a wonderful place to start that,” said Machiasport Selectmen Jeffrey Davis.

Times have been tough for Machiasport residents since the facility’s closure. In addition to the nearly 50 employees who were laid off, many local businesses also lost the chance to have inmates in the prison’s work release program assist their businesses.

“I’ve seen how this is effecting our community. I’ve seen the things we don’t have now because of it, and it’s sad,” said Machiasport resident Melissa Hinerman.

RELATED: Corrections facility may return to Washington County

Although there will only be 15 jobs, compared to the previous 50, retired DCF employee Kevin Millay is excited to see any amount of jobs back in his county. “That’s a lot of staff for Washington County. You may not think that in Windham or Bangor, but it’s a start.”

Other former employees however are disappointed the new facility wont provide as many jobs or as many inmates.

“That’s not what we deserve and that’s not what’s best for the town,” said DCF employee of 24 years JJ Tibbetts.

For many of the former employees, an additional two years is a long time to wait to get back to work. When the facility opens, residents hope it can help alleviate some of the stresses caused by the closure.

“Please, arrest someone!  We need people to guard!”

‘It’s a very good day for Downeast’: Machiasport’s new facility will retain the Downeast Correctional Facility name and house 50 prisoners and 15 staff.

MACHIASPORT, Maine — A new pre-release center will be built on the grounds of the existing property of Downeast Correctional Center in Machiasport, Gov. Janet Mills and Washington County lawmakers jointly announced Friday.

The new facility will house up to 50 minimum-security prisoners and employ 15 staff, the governor’s office said. It will also retain its name of DCF.

“It’s a very good day for Downeast,” Rep. William Tuell, R-East Machias, told NEWS CENTER Maine.

Gov. Mills’ office said the Department of Corrections (DOC) has obtained estimates for design, demolition, and construction, with an estimated budget of $6.5 to $8 million. The DOC is working with the Bureau of Real Estate (BREM) to develop a request for qualifications for an architectural design, setting up the first step in a design-bid-build approach to reopening DCF.

An earlier proposal aimed to open a facility elsewhere in the county.

RELATED: Department of Corrections looks for new facility
RELATED: Washington County prison will house 50 inmates — but where?

Construction is estimated to take about 24 months before an opening.

The DOC is expected to engage with unions, including on the issue of extending recall rights of former employees, the governor’s office said.

Funding will come from a state government bond, approved in 2016, which also funds a remodel of Windham’s Maine Correctional Center.

Mills said she was proud her administration was able to work closely with state Sen. Marianne Moore, R-Washington; and Reps. Tuell; Rep. Kathy Javner, R-Chester; Rep. Billy Bob Faulkingham, R-Winter Harbor; and Rep. Robert Alley, D-Beals.

“As someone who fought to keep DCF open, I understand how important it is to the people of Washington County and I shared in their frustration when it was closed,” Mills said in a statement. “I thank the Washington County Delegation for working with me and Commissioner Liberty to rectify this situation as best we could and ensure that DCF continues on in this new facility.”

RELATED: Corrections facility may return to Washington County
RELATED: Downeast Corrections gets support from new budget

Tuell thanked the governor and her administration.

“We are very happy the Administration is keeping DCF where it is and keeping a promise to the people of Washington County,” he said. “Our delegation was committed to the current DCF location, and we are very pleased with the outcome.”

Sen. Moore was relieved an agreement had been made.

“I am happy to have been able to work with [Mills] and my fellow Washington County delegation to finally put to rest the issue of Downeast Correctional Facility so the local community can finally move forward with a resolution,” Moore said. “While the new facility won’t be to the scale of what DCF once was, it will once again provide an important service to our state and economy.”

DOC Commissioner Randall A. Liberty said it felt good to common ground with former DCF employees and lawmakers. “This new facility will keep alive the deeply rooted correctional tradition of the region,” he said.

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