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Joseph Poulin, MDOC# 2192

This is Joseph Poulin again. (Ladies, check out my MySpace page! I’m from Oakland, Maine.)

Well, I’m pissed off. One of the guys I eat dinner with at Chow Hall, “X-Ray,” Raymond Munson, is down at the home-confinement dorm (people being prepared for home confinement) and he is being so hated on by the other prisoners for being gay, it’s pissing me off! Those rednecks wrote a letter to the CO down there accusing him of being a snort. Any way, if there are any not-too-scary-marys out there in the Queer Nation, Ray could use your support. And Ladies – I too need love, is that so wrong?! Write me.

Sincerely, Joe Poulin, safe-cracker, embezzler, Tuba player.

– Joseph Poulin
MDOC# 2192

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Joe Vereen, again, MDOC# 111925.

I forgot some things last time & we have to change things, right? I went to jail in 9/09 on a domestic. It was just an argument & we would have been fine, but, since OJ Simpson, the State of Maine won’t let women drop domestic charges. So here I am. Anyway. I have 3 children, 2 girls & a son (born this February!) On Christmas Eve, the COs told me to call my sister. (I can’t call my kid’s mom, still, cause of my charges.) So I called my sister: my 3 year old daughter, Mackenzie, was diagnosed with cancer. It was in 90% of her spleen. What a mess. She’s okay now, but it was touch & go for a while. I went to court in Bath, my lawyer swore I’d be granted bail (wasn’t). My lawyer urged me to accept a deal, help for me to work things out so that I could contact my kid’s mom – didn’t happen.

The worse piece – I begged my court-appointed lawyer, John Handleman, to help me. My daughter could die! I said. He replied, “If she dies, she dies. You’ll just have to deal with it.” (Remember that, and him, whoever reads this!)

So I took a deal this March: I’m out in 9 months, with 3 years probation. Mackenzie will be getting treatment for the next 2 1/2 years. If my wife is okay with me, loves me, &c? Does anyone know how we can be allowed contact again? Please pray for my daughter & my wife.

Thanks.

– Joe
MDOC# 111925.

Hey anyone,

How are you? I am a lonely man. I want a penpal and a friend to write for 6 months. I get out then and if I find that you like me and chemistry’s developed, maybe I could turn into your “Prince Charming,” or your Knight in Shining Amor! See? I even have a sense of humor, hahaha. :)

I had a lot going on for me until I got arrested. I lost alot. Oh, well. I’m not lazy and I’m a go-getter, so I can re-establish myself in hardly no time. Plus, I just found out that I won my lawsuit. I should have a small nestegg by the time I’m released on Thanksgiving next. Plus a monthly check.

So, excuse the horrid penmenship. I hardly feel this left hand I’ve yet to get the surgery (outpatient) for the accident that traumatized my elbow. :P Ouch! Anyway, I’ll be okay and fix this thing that is similar to carpal tunnel. Regardless, I got more money than the pain and suffering. Yee haw – party time, if you want.

I’m suffering really bad loneliness during the holiday season, while my roommate and everyone has girls writing them.

I’m a big eater and you could win all my devotion by just feeding me. Yum yum. :) I’ve lived half my life in Florida, and I don’t like the cold or snow for long periods. I was a dancer for years down there. I can still move really well, even without my vicadin 7.5 – haha. I like beer and wine but stay away from whiskey. I do like brandy. Have you ever made homemade? Sugar, vodka, foldgers & boil.

I’m 5′ 11″ tall, blue eyes, 205 lbs now, no fat – all muscle, because I work out. i have a big white teeth smile with large kissy face lips. Yes, I’m proud of my looks and I work hard on my body to stay SEXY. You’ll see if you write back and send me a photo.

I want you in my life, even if it’s just as a friend. I am hoping more developes, but “friends first and foremost”! I have lighter hair in summer and down south. I keep my hair short (military flat top), cause it’s so curly and ruly, long. I’m dying to see you & your photo. :)

I’m a mechanic, run my own business and can fix anything except a woman’s broken heart. I’m only human, but that never stops me from trying. I must be overly hard-headed, haha! I have a big foolish heart, and usually try to save the underdog. I feed the hungry and give a lot to the lower income. Repairing their cars, &c.

I always have 5-10 cards or trucks for sale at any given time and 5-10 to repair or sell or scrap if on hand cash gets low. This is rarely an issue ’cause I have a huge cash flow and get paid almost daily. I’m really good at what I do! I’m not concerned. I’m convinced! :)

I grew up in a family junkyard and took over when I was of age. Right now, I have a couple good working trucks and an old camaro 4-speed v-8. Can you drive a standard? I love old muscle cars and always play with high-performance autos. I buy, fix, sell or trade autos of all types. I like doing this so much, it’s become my hobby as well as my main source of income. I have a lot of fun doing this and don’t work for anyone unless I’m making an exorbitant amount. I ride back roads looking for old or wrecked cars/trucks to restore or scrap. I’ll buy anything i can make a profit from. Again, I’m very good at my job. All legal, too!

I like country, classic rock first! I’ll listen to anything but Rap :( Yuk! I eat like a horse and work like a dog. I’m a little boy at heart. I love to laugh and am always grinning. I have very little body hair. No BO or stinky feet! I much prefer home-cooked meals, but while on the road / my job, I’ll eat fast food or search small restaurants. Breakfast is a must and usually a good home-made supper. I’m a good breakfast cook and on certain meals they are my specialties. I do a lot in my crock pot. Stews, soups and spaggetti sauces. My favorite! I could eat pasta at least once a day. I love to watch movies and snuggle up while eating ice cream or sweets / snacks or leftovers. I’ve seen almost every movie made. I love action movies, but have liked a lot of those animated / kids movies that are popular. I’ve been in 2-3 long-term relationships and am not looking for a one-night stand / fling. I’ve never married but that’s because I was young and stupid and then never found my equal.

I like sex 5-20 times a week and am not above begging. Ha ha :) I hope you see my good side / sense of humor. I look 35-40 and am full of so much love that woman will be my Queen if she treats me right. I’m a good man.

Please don’t hold it against me for me being here! I got two assaults. My “bud” and my ex got together and broke the glass out of some of my autos. I punched him and threw a beercan at her. Good shot / my bad. That’s the short version.

Anyway –  somewhere there is a woman out there for me to love and be loved by. My soulmate. Sex is very important. Food is very important. Communication is very important, along with devotion. I’m an aquarius, a dreamer, yet, able to hold a grasp on reality. I can usually make quick judgments of people and be right on point.

I hope I’ve given you enough info to know me and respond. I’m worth any and all your efforts.

Please, please, make a lonely man’s day. :)

– Barry Bard
MDOC# 24724
17 Mallison Falls Rd
Windham, ME 04062

I am currently incarcerated at the Maine Department of Corruptions in Windham, Maine. Prior to this I had done no jail time, county time included. The first thing i got to experience was the state’s “overflow tool,” the Pods. A place in which all walks of prison community get to mingle, from minimum security inmates to maximum security inmates. Apparently the aim of these pods is to give the staff to classify our security level, which takes anywhere from 4-8 weeks. I got to spend 6 weeks in the pods.

From there I was placed in a program called the “Supervised Community Confinement Program,” essentially house arrest. I came into this program with very high hopes of success. But as the days went on, I got to witness the manner in which things were carried out. I was informed of a 96% success rate, but later was informed that placement in halfway homes were included in this figure. In the time that I have been here I have seen approximately 8 men leave, 3 of whom actually went home. This has been very discouraging to say the least. False hopes hurt, but the worst part is the hope it provides to my fiancee and 8 month old son. Such matters do not really seem to hold imperativeness to the staff here.

I am unsure to validity of this comment, but I assume such a program must bring in some sort of federal funding. I say this because I receive a stipend check from the state every month for just being a body in the program, no work, no schooling, just being there. There are certain things that must be completed to attain the house arrest. One being an enlightening course called, “Thinking for a Change,” that teaches such priceless skills as listening, asking questions and assessing high risk thoughts. And the other being an intensive outpatient program for alcohol/drug dependency.

Being in here, many of the question I have are left unanswered. Such as, is there federal funding? Are such placements of house arrest pre-determined? What is the rate of individuals sent home on house arrest? Granted most of the questions cannot be answered through any amount of research or records accessible to the public, it may easy my mind a bit. Other issues I have are overstaffing, word is there are 3 dieticians and 9 cooks. Hard telling not knowing, I guess. Or my roommate was a master carpenter; he worked in the wood shop for 1.10 an hour. Top of the line work is almost an understatement, my question is, the sale of such work from an artisan, where does the money go? To us the inmates or paying wages?

I guess really I just want to provoke thought into you. We pay very high taxes in Maine, and after seeing a jail work from the inside, I think I see how deep the rabbit hole really goes.

– Josh McKay
MDOC# 05820

Hi,

My name is Bruce. I am currently serving 2 years in the Department of Corrections for a crime that I had committed due to a mental illness that I have.

The Department has yet to give me any real help for this and a lot of other people are having the same issues.

What are your thoughts on this subject?

– Bruce Holt
MDOC # 69031
17 Mallison Falls Rd
Windham, ME 04062

My name is Ghe Grip – MDOC# 5029.

I have been incarcerated 25 times in Kennebec County Jail (Maine) and am workingon completing my 6th state bid (Arson). Not once have I been offered rehab. Every crime I’ve ever committed was while drunk.

The sex offenders here in Maine correctional Center have a special program. They have a pizza party once a month, and get paid to do the program. This place just stopped them from going out to work in the community last year because there was an incident with one involving a child.

Jeffrey Merrill Jr is the son of the ex-Warden of the Maine state prison. Jeff Merrill Jr went from being a janitor / maintenance man at the prison to being the Chief of Security here at MCC.

The correctional system here in Maine is over-crowded, so they rent space from York county jail and have 3 other counties house MDOC inmates. Yet they have about 50 open beds at all times in Dorms 5 & 6. The Maine State Prison has 2 pods that are not in use that hold about 80 people each.

MCC is supposed to cut back on costs, yet they leave the night lights on all day.

MCC medical department takes people off from their meds and gives them something cheaper whenever possible.

Unit manager Jacobson went from being the trash man here in MCC to running Dorms 5 & 6 which house about 112 in each at full capacity.

A building they call “Behind the Wall,” which is security North & South, had been condemned long before my 1st round in ’98. They still use it to this day and pay a yearly fine for doing so.

No one cares.

I have a MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/ghe_grip

– Ghe Grip
MDOC# 5029
17 Mallison Falls Rd
Windham, ME  04062

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