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  1.  Sometimes I generalize, packing all staffers here at (MCC) in the same sardine can… Not fair, I know that… I find some staffers (including C.O.’s) very professional and pleasant! I thought I should note that fact. Even though they be of the P&P persuasion I would not chum with them or hold long conversations with them, but I spare them from my “wish they would die”

  2. Concerning my “wish they would die” list, I want to express in no uncertain terms, my list is not a bad thing, I am wishing that certain individuals have a chance to meet whatever God they serve (and soon) and for the unbeliever(s) on my list it is simply over, no more knowledge, just like there was no knowledge before life. Hey look at it this way if your on my WTWD list, you were likely a shit-bag to me, yet I wish the most for your visit to the afterlife… [I do not have a WTWD list (or do I?)]

  3. What causes that little old man with the cane from dorm 5 or 6 nose too run in such long and gooey strains? And why does he wipe it on his jean, walls, railings food serving station?

  4. Why does that one server in the chow hall always put the oatmeal in the center slot of the food tray? Does he not know that the God-damned oatmeal goes in the FRONT LEFT (circular) SLOT???

  5. I think the kitchen staff sometimes freezes the fresh fruit? One is never to freeze one’s fresh fruit, because if one does, he winds up with the nasty, wilted, squished fruit we often get.

  6. The Holy Roman (Catholic) Church declared years ago that the faithful no longer have to eat fish every Friday. If our meal planners happen to be Catholic, could some one pass along the above message to them? If the meal planners happen to be Jewish, perhaps the every Friday fish fest is payback for the Spanish Inquisition.

Bob Wire

Douglas Moore                    M.C.C.                         "Home"

“Home.” by Bob Wire

The other night I had the pleasure of watching a show on NBS called “Billions Behind Bars.” As a criminal the preview of the show aroused my curiosity, despite the fact that I am continually dumbfounded that shows like Locked Up and Cops draws such interest from the incarcerated (gluttons for punishment I guess)! Any rate, and with that said there were some very interesting statistics about prisons in the United States. Take for example that the United States has more citizens incarcerated than China and Russia combined. The prison population in the states floats around 2.3 million, give or take the 30,000 or so illegal immigrants incarcerated along the boarder of the U.S. And Mexico.

But that is not what I have come to talk (write) you about, nope! I have come to you about coffee or lack there of at Maine Correctional Center(MCC). It seems that in the “slash and hack” spending cuts imposed by his holiness the Commissioner, that coffee was one of the first items to attack the budget. In Billions Behind Bars it reported that U.S. Prison sell 2.5 Billion dollars worth of products made by inmates. Some of the inmates making these produces made as little as sixty cents a day. Here at MCC, God only knows what industries bring in on annual sales? Got Me!

“Home,” by Bob Wire

 

But that is not what I have come to talk (write) you about, nope! I have come to you about coffee or lack there of at Maine Correction Center (MCC). There are a fairly substantial number of inmates who work around the prison. Some work for free, others get a stipend (sixty cents an hour to start). Some men work in the laundry room cleaning shitty, pissy, and cummyed clothing for eight hours a day or more. Can’t MCC or the God-damned DOC provide coffee for them?

(I just heard that the laundry found one case of coffee and they are livin’ the good life for a bit)

There are inmates that work in facilities, no coffee for them. What about the guys who work for free in the school or library, helping other inmates, instructing in classes, or tutoring? No More coffee for them. I may not be the brightest inmate in the world, but I bet my formally coffee stained teeth that if the DOC in general or MCC in particular stopped feeding CO’s and other staffers, they could save enough money to let hard-working inmates bath in coffee.

Make no mistake about it inmates save the fucking DOC a shit-loads of money performing tasks that the DOC might otherwise have to pay with real world employment rates… JESUS, will they ever stop screwing the inmates? If you still don’t think inmates should get free coffee, see how many CO’s would work for free (without coffee of course) in the laundry, the school, the library, on the grounds or around the compound FOR FREE of 60 cent and HOUR…Finally, as if that above was enough I will more time dissecting some of Billion Behind Bars for your future reading pleasure…

Bob Wire

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M.C.C. never ceases to amaze me, I found out that this afternoon they closed the rec yard for the men in minimum custody. The source stated that they couldn’t go outside because there was no staff to watch the yard. What the Fuck? Those inmates are minimum custody because they have proven them selves worth of it. The other minimum custody facilities in Maine (Charleston and Bolduc.) don’t have fences! With that said why should the minimum custody inmates at MCC be treated differently? It’s down right degrading to these inmates to be treated in such a fashion, compared to their fellow minimum inmates at other facilities.

Mr. Commissioner and Mr. Superintendent, just because were a couple incidents in the rec yard in 15 years and one being recently (which would have been avoided if the officer on duty would have done their job properly,) regardless of the fact, minimum inmates should be allowed to roam the rec yard with out supervision. My opinion, Mr. Commissioner, is do not allow classification to under-classify individuals with violent tendencies; just to move them out of the pods in a timely manner. (Something I’ve heard you have allowed.)

Sincerely,

Mr. Bob Hopeful

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Somethings in life stymy me, other things just baffle me, yet there are still other things that befuddle and perplex me beyond my means. One such item that has me befuddled, perplexed and more is: Why in God’s green earth is Maine Correctional Center straining for accreditation and what will that accreditation mean to the quality of life for the inmates? I mean is not like the inmates get a choice as to where they will serve their time; they can’t say “don’t send me to MCC” it’s not accredited! So will accreditation bring better treatment for the inmates? Will it provide better medical care? Will it provide even moderately adequate medical care? Better Food? Will accreditation provide foul weather gear/clothing? Will it weed out the C.O.’s who’s soul mission at MCC is to fuck with the inmates? Not because the inmates have done things wrong but solely for the CO’s entertainment? Will it keep commissary open? Will it put quality books in the library? Will the school department get more and better? Will inmates get better quality foods? Will they get foods C.O.’s and staffers get? If you haven’t figured it out yet. The answer to every question above is no… What accreditation will do is paint hand rails and remove trash and wash floors that’s it…

Bob Wire

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In the age of Fuck-Fuck corrections, one might wonder how anything gets done, any thing at all.  What is Fuck-Fuck corrections, you ask?  I’ll tell you what Fuck-Fuck corrections are.  Fuck-Fuck corrections is the act of making things look like they are making progress or improvement.  Fuck-Fuck corrections is: the shuffling of people here, moving them there, cutting fat here, stream-lining the system from top to bottom.  Now, Fuck-Fuck corrections might not be such a bad thing, except is is absolutely nothing more than the ILLUSION of progress.  In reality Fuck-Fuck corrections is nothing more than slight-of-hand with a marked deck of cards.  Fuck-Fuck corrections don’t make things better, they move one incompetent person after another into some new job, they don’t understand , nor could they accomplish it if they did understand it.

Maine Correctional Center (M.C.C.) has been going through it’s own phase of Fuck-Fuck corrections of late, C.O.’s sent here, C.O.’s sent there; back and forth and on and on and on and up and down and inside out and not a god-damn thing gets better!  Not one god-damn thing!  Same incompetent people performing someone else’s job or something like that.  DON’T BELIEVE ME?  Then tell me how a competent staff person, in a competently run facility could forget to process the paperwork, or forgets to pass it along to the right person for inmates getting out of jail.  YES!  In the last two months at M.C.C., the staff has FAILED to properly process or handle the paperwork of two inmates who had “done their time;”  HONEST.  How the hell does that happen?  How the hell can you let an inmate languish in anxiety to go home after he has served month after year in prison?  How the hell does that happen?  I’ll tell you how it happens:

“FUCK-FUCK CORRECTIONS”

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What is the definition of Correction? Hmmm… lets consult the trust worthy Webster’s dictionary.

Correction: N. 1)Something given, done, or proposed as a substitute for what is wrong or inaccurate. 2) The act of correcting. 3) Punishment or chastisement. 4) (Usually Corrections) the various methods, as incarceration parole, and probation by which society deals with convicted offenders.

Now that’s out of the way I guess Maine Correctional Center has done something right. Part 4 of the above definition states incarceration that is about all this place does, oh – almost forgot they do know how to punitively punish. They tend to mass punish, and only punish you for breaking rules if you’re not one of the elite prisoners. Yes! They do have favorites. I believe Part two of the definition is something MCC staff and administration needs to improve on. How can a prisoner with a drug conviction fail a drug test while incarcerated and not automatically get enrolled in a substances abuse program? I have just the answer for you. MCC’s administration and staff Act part  of caring individuals they want you to feel all warm and fuzzy (like that extended warranty you buy with your new car). All is well and life is good until something fails, after that you’re FUCKED! Everything was just an illusion, no one will help you because “It’s you own fault you deal with it” I know the first step to recovery is yourself but how can anyone do it alone. Prisoners are here because when thinking on their own they made poor decisions. Where are all the support staff that our tax dollars pay for? Well almost non-existent! How can this place consider themselves a correctional institution without proper programs, support, and caring staff to help guide and encourage inmates to improve themselves. Without the proper tools and knowledge how will someone succeed? They most likely won’t and are being set up for failure. MCC has a 70% success rate of non repeating offenders which is fairly respectable. My question to the Commissioner and Superintendent is why stop at 70% why not go for 85-90%? Are you afraid you will run out of clientele? MDOC and MCC administration continue to cut programs, jobs, and services for inmates. Whether they realize it or not, or even care they are doing more harm than good. I would like to make a suggestion to you administrations, why not take a few days and meet with your inmates, find out their needs, wants and goals are and then find some meaningful, helpful way, programs and services to HELP you prisoners better themselves. The art of corrections is to help whomever made the mistakes see the problem, what was wrong with it, and then help find a solution. It’s not very complicated Mr. Commissioner. It’s just takes a leader with a strong will to lead the way. Once you and your staff figure it out and everyone is consistent across the board will you start seeing better results. It’s not about the quantity of corrections. It’s about the quality of corrections.

Thank You

Mr. Hopeful

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Sometimes sitting and writing for a blog can be stressful I’ve tried to remain on target as much as I can. Sometimes my point of view may be way off, but I do care? NO! The corruption, and bull shit at MCC must stop! This so-called correctional facility is a joke! To say the least. Being in corrections for years has taught me nothing! My co workers sometimes piss off inmates for no reason, just to get a kick out of it. The administration is diving the place into the abyss, at one time in the past this place once showed compassion for it’s inmates, we corrected behavior, now its just a sit and wait for them to fuck up. Most interactions between staff and inmates are negative nature, so naturally staff and inmate animosity is on the rise and moral for both is down. MCC does have policies and procedures but are only followed when my bosses see fit. I joined corrections to help people not baby sit! There are a lot of fine gentlemen in this facility but many people are hopeless, programs are lacking, and there’s no positives for many of these inmates to look forward to. The administration keeps cutting services for inmates, they’ve cut commissary and it will soon be privatized. The kitchen will soon be next and why? Because the man in charge of those departments doesn’t want to deal with it anymore. He should be terminated and replaced by someone who will do the job! Industries will be and some have already had their coffee taken away, those gentlemen who work hard for either free (school, laundry, grounds crews, ect.) Deserve it, for they earn nothing. Garments, upholstery, woodshop, etc work hard and make pennies on the dollar. This place is turning into a major disappointment, to the MDOC and itself. It’s shameful that the inmates have to suffer being away from their loved ones and are subjected to such pathetic treatment. Wake Up Commissioner Ponte, these inmates are just as human as you and I! Pull your head out of your ass and realize that! Lets make cuts across the board not just burden the inmates. We do nothing to help than better themselves.

Sincerely,

Bob Hopeful

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Maine Correctional Center is more dysfunction functional then a quadriplegic’s body, and almost as useless. Recently M.C.C. went through accreditation audit, The result aren’t in yet but I’m sure they will pass. Whats fucked up about it is the “leadership” here at M.C.C. was so worried about dust, dirt, and waxed flours that he missed the fact there are bricks with missing mortar and sever cracks lining the top of Dorm 6. Now if that wasn’t noticed by the so-called inspectors they must have has Stevie fucking wonder doing the inspections.

The “Leadership” at M.C.C. have had three long years to get this facility into shape, all the painting, waxing, cleaning, and half-ass repairing was all attempted at the eleventh hour. Inmates had their Rec. cancelled and were forced to strip and wax floors without enough improper tools and materials to do the job adequately. Some inmates stayed up all night trying to complete tasks that were ordered at 11:00 p.m. the night before inspection and in the process keeping other inmates awake by being loud and running equipment. (Great Idea By The Way)

Who in the hell would keep administrators in their positions who cannot do an adequate job. I think the MDOC needs a super douching of staff before anything else. Mr. Commissioner should start cleaning house, starting at the top (himself), and work his way down. Corrupt leadership and lazy assistants is a great way to piss away money, and get your privatization agenda completed and that Mr. Commissioner is a Big Fucking Mistake!!

Bob Wire

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Recently M.C.C. went through an accreditation process by something called the A.C.A. I have not idea what the hell this A.C.A. name means or what the hell they actually do. What I witnessed the heard from A.C.A. doing was roaming the range of M.C.C. They were looking at this, touching that. They were laughing giggling and having a grand ole’ time. I wonder if they were accreditation or not? For all I know they could have been from Dow Chemical and they were checking to see if we used enough of their chemicals in our paint, stripper, and wax? Because from where I lay. That is all I saw going on around here in the two prior days to the visit. It was: paint, strip, and wax, and strip, wax, and paint, and also waxing, painting, and stripping for two whole days!!! The accreditation people did not seem to care about; shower curtains held in place by shoestrings, or shower heads that spray water everywhere. They didn’t seem to care about sinks that leak, or sinks with broken faucets. Did they care about toilets that don’t flush right, or living quarters (Dorm 5 & 6) with no mechanical ventilation? Did they or do they care about heavy metal framed windows that open in and place sharp corners eye & head high, just begging for injury? Did they or do they care about the quality of food, or medical care we get? Dig this: The kitchen could not bake bread for 3 days, because officials here did not want the A.C.A. folks to see flour everywhere. The whole thing was a fucking show of appearances. It was a fucking Brazilian paint and wax job. No Bikini line here at M.C.C. All the painting was nice, but as tradition would have it, it is being peeled away as I write. In another posting I raised the question as to whether accreditation would help the inmates? The answer is a Resounding NO! Accreditation is nothing more than the vehicle to have M.C.C. administrators play “Pat Back” – “ Shake Hand” with bunch of people from some other god – damned agency who’s only job was to walk around and look at the compound through paint & wax colored (flour free) glasses… NOTHING MORE

NOTHING LESS

Bob Wire

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OH!  My dear minions!  It was with heart felt sadness that I find out this very day that you (the Faithful followers of Bob wire) were left to languish in darkness, not hearing form your Wire these many weeks now.  How my heart sunk to find out that the one I chose to be heir to the Bob wire throne, my very own minister plenipotentiary was not writing you, the masses, in my stead!  Fear not, my dear minions, your Bob is back and with a vengeance…

Well, to say to you today that Maine Correctional Center (MCC) has been a-buzz would be an understatement.  Rumors of a new commissioner and what he was going to do to us poor inmates are flying around like spring pollen (itchy/runny eyes and all). Personally, I thought this whole new commissioner thing was just another spook story, until his very real slash and hack budget cuts ran over the rank and file… it seems that us/some inmates would no longer need/get the stipend to buy used clothing upon our release from prison.  I guess our commissioner also feels that inmates no longer need a stipend for participation in a “program” dorm either.. really?  Really?  This his how the wise and all powerful commissioner “of Ponte” wants to save money?  Really?  How about this, you corrections master, how about you stop feeding C. O.s and other staffers, one, two, or three meals a day?  How about that?  Stay with me here folks.  I admit, I have no clue how many C. O.s/staffers work here per twenty four hour shift.  Let me just grab a nice round number out of the sky.  I’ll say there are 131 staffers (nice, round #) per half day.  Out of these 131, let me say 2/3 of them work twelve hour shifts, that is about $86.46 per 12 hours x 2 = 172.92.  The remainder is about 44.54 staffers x 3 (three eight hour shifts) or 133 per 24 hour period.  The actual number of C. O.s/staffers works out to about 305 per 24 hour period.  The 12 hour staffers have three meals a day, or 519 meals.  The eight hour staffer get two meals a day or 266 meals per 24 hours.  The total meal consumption at this rate, equals about 286,000 +/- meals per year…

Now cut 280,000 meals a year out of the budget and this shit-hole could not only save money, inmates could buy used clothing…

To be candid with all of you, ole’ Bob Wire does not believe the new commissioner is really looking to save money.  Nope.  The new commissioner is looking for, or is creating the “illusion of saving money”.  His goal is to impress his bosses (governor, etc.) at the expense of the ones who need the funds the most (the inmates!)

An inmate leaves here broke and cannot get a dime to buy used clothing, but MCC and the DOC can feed (and clothe) hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of C. O.s and other staffers???

Let ole’ Bob Wire spell it out for you.  It ain’t about cost cutting, it is only about grinding, grinding and grinding… who is this commissioner grinding his ace against?  If you have to ask that question, you are likely a C.O. Or other staffer.

 

Bob Wire

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