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This is what I am gonna influence everybody, just how everything works, especially, when you’re an innocent bystander taken advantage of his character.

One day I went to work & was working on getting this roof shingled, we can go home and feel good about ourselves. Well, on a nice day, we went to work & towards the end, when my street brothers asked me if I wanted to take an early day & go get the trailer, he didn’t say it was or was not full. So I went down where the trailer was, so I can pick it up & bring it back. I did my seven point inspection of the trailer, making sure, it was road ready, I hooked up to it, & drove off & all of a sudden, I felt a tug.

I knew I got a flat on the trailer. So I limped it home, or trying. I got as far as Gardiner, & I was gonna drop it along the side of the road & come back the next day with the spare tire, all of a sudden, I saw lights behind the trailer, officers came up & ask me for my license & registration. He come back & asked me if I was drinking & I told him no & I don’t drink & drive. Then, he asked me about all the shingles, that was in the trailer, & I told him I picked the trailer up in Gardiner. The cop called the dispatch & the dispatch said that they were stolen. & He came back and told me that all these shingles were stolen. I didn’t know that & I said, no, I was instructed to go & pick up the trailer, along with the other truck that was pulling it to begin with, but, it all broke down because of the tire.

I was arrested for someone else’s violation.

– from “John Red Corn”
MDOC# unprovided

The jungle Creed said the strong must feed
on any prey at hand.
I sat at the feast & I was branded a beast
long before I was a man.

– Donald Goines

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

This is Derek Gerrish writing you.

The “system” in Maine is most definitely absurd. Well, maybe not all of Maine, and maybe not for everybody. I can only speak for myself from my own experiences. I’m an average-looking 20 year old white male, 5′ 6″, 150 lbs at most nothing unordinary or anything that should stick out to the Sanford Police but they still seem to have a “hard-on” for me. I’m involved in the system because of a few domestic disputes between my girlfriend’s mother and myself.

Let’s start out at the very beginning to get the big picture here.

Back in ’07, my girlfriend and I started dating, I soon moved in with her at her mother’s house. Sharon, my girlfriend’s mother, adored me, what was there not to like? I worked full time, made good money, and took great care of her daughter, Sashia, and Sashia’s 1 year old.

After a couple months, we decided to get our own place. So the three of us, Sashia, her daughter, and myself moved out. I furnished the whole apartment, I paid the rent and all the bills. I was still very close with Sharon. I bought her tons of furniture from Ashleys, enough to furnish her whole house also. I took Sharon to dinner almost every night. I spent more time with Sharon than I did her daughter!

Soon after, I lost my job.

Sharon tried getting Sashia to leave me. And Sashia wouldn’t. So Sharon started to call DHS on us, making false accusations of me being abusive and a drug dealer! So DHS got involved, and without any proper investigation of the claims, not even talking to me to evaluate and access, they tell Sashia her daughter is not allowed around me! They called me a “danger to her safety…” And said if her daughter were around me, they would take her away, all because of a few  bogus reports.

Sashia and I still continued to see each other, she moved in to her mom’s and came over without Savannah. So what does Sharon do to push the issue of a break-up? She gets a restraining order on me. Now, Sharon would follow me, harass me, and show up places where I already was. She started making bogus calls to the police saying that I was making contact with her!

I was incarcerated several times on a he-says-she-says story with no witnesses or proof.

After that I’m on bail conditions, and every single time I walk through town, I’m immediately pulled over, and searched. This happened at least 20 times in one month, no exaggeration. Due to Sharon’s false claims, they labelled or “stereotyped” me as a drug dealer and harassed me whenever they got the chance. And due to her false accusation, I spent more than 4 months in York County Jail, 3 of which her daughter was pregnant with my first child.

Not only was I unjustly accused of abuse, negligence, and ignorance of the law by Sharon, I was also automatically presumed guilty, not only by the Sanford Police, but by DHS on false claims. I’ve lost my step-daughter and 4 months of my life —

and now DHS is saying I won’t be able to see my newborn because of all the stuff Sharon has started!

This is not right. Please help.

– Derek Gerrish

In this State, everybody is absolutely guilty until proven innocent. I have been fucked over by Cops and the Court many times, the only way to prove innocence, is to have at least $5000 to pay a lawyer. Forty appointed lawyers do nothing but agree with the DA here to a few examples of my run-ins.

1: My first round: I was pulled over in a Ford Bronco II Supposedly for doing 65mph in a 25mph zone. Anyone who knows Washington Village at all would know that a Bronco II at even 30mph around those corners would be upside-down in a heartbeat. I demanded to see the cops radar: He laughed and said, “Go ahead and look.” It wasn’t even turned on! He just saw two young men and wanted to search my vehicle. So lose license 90 days. So far nothing.

2: I had to pay a $1200 fine for trafficking by cultivation because my idiot roommate at the time had one of his buddies put plants in his closet. I had nothing to do with it. I didn’t even know it was there. (It had 1 joint worth of leaf on it.)

3: Now I’m sitting here in Windham Correctional Facility for 12 months because a cop says he saw me driving 2004 Green GMC 21 with tinted windows on a rainy 4th of July with no license. He arrested me 45 days later on my birthday, eating dinner with my wife and mother and brother. No proof I was driving, but there is also no proof I wasn’t.

Court appointed lawyer idiot! Says Cop’s word against yours doesn’t look good for you. So I fired him we hired a lawyer $1600. Later, “Cop’s word against you doesn’t look good for you.” For $6000 maybe we can beat this.

What the fuck, why can’t a person stand up in court by themselves and fight for their innocence? Apparently, If you don’t have enough extra dough kicking around to buy a new car or a lawyer, then nobody wants to listen and you can just sit in a concrete closet for 12 months.

Guilty until proven innocent.

– Robert Henilton
MDOC# 54716
Windham, ME 04062

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