A Quick Note From Sophie

Hello Blog Readers,

Over the last six months Voices posts have slowed to a trickle due to issues with Maine Department of Corrections that I talked about in previous blogs, and personal issues that prevented me from properly maintaining the blog. However, I feel it is necessary to let readers, families, and inmates know–VOICES IS STILL HERE. The blog will not shut down for any foreseeable reason, but for the time being postings and letters to contributors will remain slow and often infrequent. I apologize for any inconvenience this causes and hope to rectify the situation quickly. As always, THANK YOU writers and readers for all of your input and feedback.

Also I wanted to let everyone know that after the debacle Voices through with Maine State Prison (MSP) in September 2011, all of the mail that I have tried to send to inmates across the state of Maine has been confiscated by mail rooms and never seen again. The inmates at MSP (at least some of them) were notified that they would no longer receive my mail; however, inmates at the jails and Maine Correctional Center were not.

Therefore, the letters I have received in the meantime are dejected and upset, as inmates believe that I just stopped writing…and caring. This type of emotional abuse is not just unnecessary– it is torture.

If you, or anyone you know, is writing to inmates in the state of Maine, please let them know they are in my thoughts and I miss writing to them as much as they miss my letters.

Solidarity in Struggle,

Sophie Inchains

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2 responses to “A Quick Note From Sophie

  1. Thanks so much for the update. Too bad that they forget where their paychecks come from and continue to make their own rules of convenience. I believe this would make for a good newspaper article that would be delivered to all readers.

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  2. Hi, Sophie

    Thanks for your update. Maine’s deplorable action really does amount to ‘kicking people when they’re down’, it’s deeply affecting those who are intensely vulnerable and there is, quite simply, no valid reason or need for this. I’m English and over here, there have been an increasing number of documentaries/TV programmes/ media articles over the years, regarding the needless brutality meted out to US prisoners (it’s incredible that the US has 5% of the global population, yet 25% of the global prison population – WHY??! Absolutely, this can’t be benefitting either the US general population, certainly not in terms of how many of its tax dollars are upholding a system that simply isn’t working, nor the lives of the broken incarcerated who repeatedly traverse the US prison system’s ‘revolving door’). As such, humanitarian organisations such as yours should be supported – they are an indication of a CIVILISED society………isn’t this what your country claims to be?

    By the way, my own special incarcerated (pen)friend is Californian. I do all I can to try to brighten his days, it’s bad enough for him in his present prison and I SO hope that California doesn’t follow Maine’s example in adding to the misery of its inmates.

    Thanks for your continuing efforts to help vulnerable incarcerated, Sophie.

    Claire x

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