I don't know how Jamie could have inferred that I viewed allowing her to be heard as an act of grace, because I've been glad to listen to her and the board has conveyed her concerns to the administration. As far as I know, she has been told only that one meeting (an unscheduled and closed meeting with the commissioner) was not public. But I reiterate, as I noted in my Phoenix letter, that we on the board are open to, and welcoming of, citizen input. Our regularly scheduled meetings in 2009 have had a public component to them, when possible. Notices of these meetings are published in three newspapers around the state. We do not list meetings on the Board of Visitors Web site at all.

Jon Wilson

Chairman

Maine State Prison Board of Visitors

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