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Community Leaders Rally to Ex-Con

Community Leaders Rally to Ex-Con

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Published by Stan Moody
The path to prison reform is through community involvement and participation...
The path to prison reform is through community involvement and participation...

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Published by: Stan Moody on Jan 25, 2011
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Prison Reform, www.stanmoody.com, Maine Department of Corrections
Stan Moody
POB 240Manchester, ME 04351207/626-0594 www.stanmoody.com 
Stan Moody of Manchester, ME, former Maine State Representative and most recently a Chaplain at Maine State Prison in Warren, is advocating for transparency and accountability in Maine·s prison system«A prolific and published writer, Dr. Moody is pastor of the Meeting House Church in Manchester and has been a speaker on human rights issues at conferences around the nation«
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As the per-prisoner cost of incarceration inches toward $50,000 a year, andas Maine¶s 21 prisons and jails fill with non-violent offenders, there has to beanother option. In the last week of December, 2010, a District Attorney, aProbation Officer, a Defense Attorney and a Pastor got together and saved theState $200,000.Jason Thomas had violated his probation for drug possession and was indanger of being sent back to Maine State Prison until District Attorney EvertFowle, Probation Officer Roy Gutfinski, Defense Attorney Walter McKee andRev. Stan Moody, a prison reform advocate and former prison chaplain, put their heads together to come up with a suitable alternative. Thomas accepted a plea of 6-months, including a term in Kennebec County Sheriff Randal Liberty¶s new KERAresidency program for re-entry and substance abuse counseling.³I credit District Attorney Fowle with putting this package together for Jason,´ Moody says. ³Despite the fact that Jason had disappointed him a number of times in the past, Evert was big enough to give it another try. Walter McKee gotinvolved and handled the case pro bono. I will be interfacing with the Sheriff¶sDepartment soon, and it will be up to Jason to make it stick.´For his role, DA Fowle had this to say: ³Repeated incarcerations for JasonThomas have not proven effective in changing his behavior. There is no guaranteethat this approach will either, but it was certainly worth a try, particularly witheveryone stepping forward to offer Thomas a comprehensive opportunity to climboff the criminal justice treadmill. If he doesn¶t take advantage of thisextraordinary opportunity, we can always send him back to prison.´Atty. McKee stated, ³I am pleased that Jason is being given a chance tosucceed and the tools to do so, something that is increasingly difficult in these tighteconomic times,´ while Officer Gutfinski said, ³Jason is an industrious andintelligent young man. We all hope he uses these talents to his betterment andrejects those tendencies which have caused him problems.´

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