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Criminal Justice

As Prison Population Grows, Maine’s DOC Plans to Relocate Women to Long Creek

The number of women incarcerated in Maine is rising fast. Photo by Susan Sharon for Maine Public

The number of women incarcerated in Maine is rising fast. In the past six years the number of female inmates at the Maine Correctional Center (MCC) in Windham has grown from about 150 to more than 220, as of April. And the state Department of Corrections has a problem: the overcrowded women’s facility is housed in a men’s prison.

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Sent To A Hospital, But Locked In Prison

Andrew Butler, who needed psychiatric care, was transferred from a hospital to a prison last year in New Hampshire. Photo by Wyatt Farwell. Photo courtesy of Doug Butler

National advocacy groups say New Hampshire is the only place in the country where the ward for people at risk of hurting themselves or others, called a secure psychiatric unit, is located in a prison.

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Feds: Pot And Guns Don’t Mix

Guns for sale in Millbury, Massachusetts. Sean/CreativeCommons/Flickr

In late June, a gun store in Charlemont, Massachusetts, posted a letter on Facebook from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. The 2011 letter notified gun dealers that just because someone has a state medical marijuana card, it doesn’t mean it’s legal for them to purchase a gun.

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