On the other hand, the prison claims to have in recent years dramatically reduced the incidence of one of the most brutal behaviors in the prison, the Supermax cell "extractions," in which a SWAT-type team of armored guards violently subdues a disobedient and usually mentally ill prisoner and straps him into a restraint chair. And recently an inmate, Norman Kehling, wrote to the Phoenix commending the prompt response of prison staff when he was stricken by a heart attack. "I am lucky to be alive, and I owe it to these wonderful people," he says.
Perhaps, then, all is not bad at the Maine State Prison.
Lance Tapley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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