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One of his assignments, he said, was to serve the prisoners in solitary confinement,which is also called segregation. Generally, he said, he had to speak with prisonersthrough a slot in the door. If he needed to meet with them personally, he said, theywere brought out in four-point restraints, and guards were present.Soon, he said, he became aware of things that concerned him.³There were things going on at the prison that I felt the administration was turninga blind eye to,´ he said. ³Particularly security ± beatings, certain types of prisoners being singled out for their crimes. Human rights abuses. I felt that segregation wasabused: People were sent down there for 30 days, 60 days, without any kind of hearing. There were a lot of things going on that were not right.´Moody cited the April 2009 death of Weinstein as an example. Weinstein was in prison for sex offenses. According to Moody, on his last visit to Weinstein, theinmate had recently been assaulted by other prisoners, was in a wheelchair and hada black eye. The next day, Moody said, he was told that Weinstein died of aruptured spleen.In June, a Maine State Police investigation determined that Weinstein's death was ahomicide, and that he died of blunt force trauma.Weinstein's widow put the state on notice that she intends to the Maine Departmentof Corrections commissioner, the Maine State Prison warden, guards and prisonmedical personnel for more than $1 million because of alleged indifference ontheir part to a culture of inmate violence, "in which jailhouse justice was meted outto inmates like Mr. Weinstein," the notice of claim states. Also according to theclaim, Weinstein suffered several days of intense pain unaided by medical care.In June, the state's Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountabilitysubmitted a report to the Legislature's Government Oversight Committee sayingthat despite past cultural change initiatives at the Maine State Prison, thereremained an element of intimidation and retaliation against individuals attemptingto raise concerns.One of Moody¶s goals, he said, is to ³tear the shroud of secrecy off these places.´Another goal, he said, is to reduce recidivism by setting up a program to facilitatethe early re-entry of select inmates into society. Key to the program, he said, would be housing, mentoring, job training and drug counseling for released prisoners.