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BY DENNIS HOEY, STAFF WRITER, Portland Press Herald

A former Portland resident with less than two months left on his sentence for unlawful sexual contact died Tuesday morning at the Maine State Prison in Warren.

The inmate was identified as 65-year-old Stephen Burton, News Center Maine (WCSH/WLBZ TV) said, citing the Maine Department of Corrections.

Burton had been serving a sentence of more than seven years for unlawful sexual contact, according to the Maine Department of Corrections.

Burton died around 6:30 a.m. He was scheduled to be released on Jan 27.

The Attorney General’s Office and the state Medical Examiner’s Office were notified.

(Karma.)

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Miranda Hopkins initially told police she “blacked out” and awoke to find her 7-week-old son cold and beaten

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BELFAST — A Troy woman convicted of manslaughter in the death of her infant son is arguing for a new trial.

WABI-TV reports that Miranda Hopkins wants DNA taken from her two autistic sons, who she’s blamed for the January 2017 death of her infant son, Jaxson.

A subpoena has been issued to their father seeking his approval.

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court rejected an appeal of her 13-year prison sentence last year.

Hopkins initially told police she “blacked out” and awoke to find her 7-week-old son cold and beaten. She told police one of her two autistic sons may have caused the injuries. Jaxson’s cause of death was listed as blunt force head injuries.

A court found Hopkins drank shots of liquor and smoked marijuana the night of Jaxson’s death.

The next court date is in February.

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    • Name: Joel Dudley
    • Date of Birth: 03/03/1984

    • Town of (Primary) Domicile:
    • Portland, ME
    • Town of Mailing Address(es):
      Westbrook, ME

  • Registrant Type: 10 YEAR REGISTRANT
  • Statute: Possession Of Child Pornography, 18 Usc §2252a(A)(5)(B) And 2252a(B)(2)

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“Pissy Mood.”

OMG, I feel like I am housed with Fucking third graders! My “wish they would die” List just got longer….. Med line can do that!

-Bob Wire-

 

“The Law is to blame.”

downloadIt has been said that Solomon of old once remarked: “there was nothing new under the sun.” Bob Dylan said: “If there is an original thought out there I could use it right now.” What does that mean to ole’ Bob Wire and the little tome that lays ahead you ask? Well what it means is: it means that ole Bob is beating a drum that has long been beaten before him. It may be a drum that has never been beaten at Maine Correctional Center (MCC;) that I do not know; but it certainly has been a drum beaten throughout the annals of history. It has been a  drum beaten by the wise and simple alike. It has rolled off the drums of philosophers and philosophies as it has been pounded out on the drums of religion and of religious zealots. It is a question that is at the very foundation of civilization and of civil nations. It is at the forefront of the multi-billion spending in near police states both in the East and West. The question is: What constitutes crime?

One can only guess what finalizing an answer to that question in some universal code could mean to the entire world. Religions (or many, many religions) argue that law is absolute; that is the God of the religion has dictated to mankind the does and don’ts of the nation. The law in such systems are suppose to be even handed and effect all peoples of all nations for all times exactly the same. In short this is to say that the “law” is universal. The problem with this logic is obvious so I will be brief: 1. Prove your God said it! 2. My God says something different! The fact that supposed universal laws (principles) may claim to be law for everyone, they still are in the final analysis nothing more than “do this, don’t do that” laws that single out what is good or bad. It the case of “universal law” the god, a god or the gods tell us what is good and what is bad (look but don’t touch, smell, but don’t taste…

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Some of you may be wondering where all this is going, where this is going to end, because it sure as hell does not have the beat of a Bob Wire blog. Well, this is where I am going with this: Here at MCC there are a sizable number of CO’s who show utter disdain to inmates, for the fact that they have committed crimes. There is an air here that hangs off of certain CO’s, that smell of the dislike the CO has for the inmates, ans I do not solely mean sex offenders; I mean the general inmate population. In the worldview of this CO type; they the CO’s are the holy ones and the inmates criminal scum.

Let old Bobby Boy spell it out for those CO’s who think their shit don’t stink and inmates are criminal scum. Inmates are here because people, groups of people, city, county, state, and federal governments have deemed an act (any act) illegal. That’s it, bottom line…

We here in the Christianized West don’t live under any theocratic laws. No, we live under the arbitrary and inconsistent laws of lawmakers whose only job is to sit on their asses and decide what is right and what is wrong. Let me spell it out for you a bit clearer (sorry if this sounds like shouting,) inmates are here at MCC, they are in the Maine DOC, they are in county jails and federal jails all over our nation not because of what they have done but because of an arbitrary and inconsistent law made-up by the powers that be. In case I did not make it clear enough, inmates here at MCC because of LAW, because of LAWS, they are here by the hundreds because of a law not because of an action of the inmate.

WOE TRIGGER! PULL BACK ON THE REINS BOBBY BOY! ARE YOU SUGGESTING THAT WHAT MAKES CRIMINALS CRIMINALS IS NOT THEIR ACTIONS…? Yes, that is exactly what I am saying. The British comedy troop Monty Python may have said it best: “ The only way, the only way to bring the crime rate down is to reduce the number of offenses.” You see, as crazy as it may sound, all laws (no exception) are just made up by men. They may believe the laws are in the best interest of society, but the bottom line is and will always be that laws are the concoctions of arbitrary and inconsistent lawmakers. It is my belief that CO’s that look down on inmates are just shit-bags. It is also my belief that CO’s and everyone else in society are just one more law away from being in prison themselves. The United States, “that land of the free, home of the brave” place HAS THE HIGHEST PERCENTAGE OF INMATES PER-CAPITA THAN ANY NATION ON EARTH… Hello!!! We are not the free; the inmates here who look down on inmates as trash and useless scum are only one tiny law away from possibly being that trash and scum they so despise.

End Note: I will (some day soon I hope) follow up on this notion of mine and to further discuss my basic premise in more depth. Also, I would like to explore the notion or idea of a corrections/prison free nation… Don’t laugh, it has been done before, and in a country one might not expect, and recorded in a  book that promotes universal principles of laws. That’s funny but I think there is a guy named Solomon in that book; There is nothing new under the sun after all.

-Bob Wire-

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A 32-member task force is soliciting feedback in its effort to recommend changes, which could include shutting down state’s only youth prison, to how Maine treats youthful offenders.

Long Creek Youth Development Center, in a Nov. 16, 2016 file photo.

Long Creek Youth Development Center, in a Nov. 16, 2016 file photo. Portland Press Herald photo by Derek Davis

AUGUSTA — With no family at home, Brodie Dunton was an alcoholic by the time he was 14 years old and spent his teenage years in and out of minor trouble with the law.

He also found himself in and out various youth treatment programs, and then committed to Long Creek Youth Development Center on a misdemeanor theft charge.

“I ended up doing 26 months at Long Creek,” Dunton told a crowd Thursday at a Maine Juvenile Justice Task Force forum in Augusta. “They had me sitting there, doing nothing. I sat there until discharge.”

He was among a group of young adults at the forum who also spoke about their time incarcerated as children at Long Creek. The event also included representatives of the Maine Department of Corrections, police officers, legislators and other state and local government officials.

Colin O’Neill, associate commissioner of juvenile services at the Department of Corrections, who has also overseen operations at Long Creek, responded to Dunton that to be fair, it should be noted he would have gone home almost immediately, but he had no home. Nor, apparently, was there any other place for Dunton to go.

After the forum ended and the roughly 60 attendees were making their way out of Augusta City Center, Dunton summed up what attendees seemed to agree was a key problem with the juvenile justice system: “Why didn’t he have a place for me to go? That’s the thing.”

The forum was the third one in the state, with another set for next month in Portland, according to Mark Soler, executive director of the Center for Children’s Law and Policy, a Washington, D.C.-based juvenile justice policy group hired by state corrections officials to evaluate Maine’s juvenile justice system.

The goal: Delivering recommendations that could lead to reform and assist a 32-member task force of legislators, state officials, members of law enforcement and advocates charged with recommending reforms in how Maine treats youthful offenders.

The look at problems of the Maine juvenile justice system and ways to improve it includes considering closing or repurposing Long Creek Youth Development Center, the state’s only youth prison.

Advocates said imprisoning youth does not work and is often harmful to the juveniles it claims to help, while the money, about $15 million a year, spent at Long Creek would be better spent on community-based programs for youths.

Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey warned that Maine needs somewhere to place youths who commit violent crimes to ensure the public’s safety.

“We know locking up juveniles is not the best for them, but is sometimes necessary,” Massey said. “I have some concerns if we’re going to close Long Creek. For those juveniles who are violent, we need a facility that has the security levels to prevent them from walking away and exposing the community to violence.”

Soler said he does not necessarily see Maine doing away with a secure holding facility for youth. He said that if more could be diverted to community-based programs — and the many youth at Long Creek who need mental health treatment, which the facility is not equipped to provide, are placed in treatment programs — Maine would have no need for a facility as large as Long Creek. In the past, the facility has had more than 300 youths in residence.

“If you could take the number (at Long Creek) down to who really needs to be confined, you’d have maybe 20, and it could be a much smaller facility,” Soler said. “Nobody is talking about opening the doors and letting the kids walk out.”

O’Neill said Long Creek now has about 55 youths, 35 of whom were sent there by judges after they committed crimes and 20 who are incarcerated temporarily because they stand accused of criminal behavior and await court proceedings.

He said Long Creek’s field staff, the equivalent of probation officers for youths, process about 2,000 referrals a year, and now oversee between 300 and 350 youths on probation.

O’Neill and Randall Liberty, commissioner of the Maine Department of Corrections, said Maine officials have worked to divert an increasing number of youth from entering the correctional system.

O’Neill said about a third of the youth who end up at Long Creek are high-risk offenders accused or convicted of serious crimes, a third are lower-risk offenders involved in lesser crimes and a third are there due to behavioral or mental health issues.

Mike Prue, 28, of Biddeford, said there were more than 200 youths at Long Creek when he was there as a juvenile. In his experience, he said, youths sent there to be rehabilitated so they could become successful adults often experienced the opposite result.

“The way it stands is people (sent to Long Creek) find themselves worse off coming out than when they went in,” Prue said. “You treat them like they’re in adult prisons when they walk in, in shackles.

“As a kid that tried to ask for help, if I made the smallest mistake, they’d slap me back in there. And when you get out, where do you go? So they go back to the same lifestyle. You’re pretty much setting them up to fail.”

Rep. Charlotte Warren, D-Hallowell, a co-chair of the Legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, said forming the task force and working to reform the juvenile justice system shows state officials are committed to improvements.

“We know the data shows locking kids up is not good for anyone,” she said.

Soler and State Rep. Michael Brennan, D-Portland, a co-chairman of the task force with Liberty and Jill Ward from the Maine Center for Juvenile Policy and Law, said they hope to propose reforms that will be considered by the next state Legislature.

A survey, asking people about their experiences in the juvenile justice system, will be part of what they consider in making recommendations, and is available at www.mainejjtaskforce.org.

Al Cleveland, 22, of Portland, is campaign coordinator for Maine Youth Justice, a nonpartisan group which advocates for ending youth incarceration in Maine. He said the group issued a report with eight recommendations for reforms to Maine’s juvenile justice system, including:

• Investing in communities and reimagining the role of police.

• Investing in credible messengers.

• Shutting down what they call the school-to-prison pipeline.

• Funding programs that divert youth from arrest, prosecution and incarceration.

• Creating a new model for small, community-based residential programs.

• Taking the responsibility for youth justice and community reinvestment out of the Maine Department of Corrections.

• Repurposing Long Creek.

Adan Abdikadir, 20, of Lewiston, who attended the forum with others from Maine Youth Justice, said many of the problems the forum sought to address result from youths not having positive role models in their lives.

“We need to worry about what’s happening in these kids’ homes, not having enough people to look up to,” he said, likening youths to flowers that need help to grow.

“We’re always questioning, ‘What’s wrong with this kid?’ Maybe it’s how they’re being flowered. Maybe the water is dirty, the community is dirty. It’s not just the flower itself. For it to pop, you need to put some water in.”

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Kenneth McDonald

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