Shanked, Scarred, and Traumatized this MSP Inmate is Seeking Justice

Dear Sofie [sic] Inchains,

Hello!  My name is Christopher [last name omitted], I am a 21 year old male at the Maine State Prison.  Recently, a serious occurrence has happened to me here at MSP.  My very good friend [name omitted] suggested that I write a letter to you describing my problem.

So, here’s the rundown…

On 7/22/11 I went to the recreation building and was in the gym.  Mind you, I am a Medium custody prisoner.  I was slashed from behind, across my face and my neck.  This happened to me from a close custody prisoner.  (Maximum Custody)

Okay, so here’s the clincher; At first I truely [sic] did believe that my throut [sic] was cut.  But I did not react as most people have indicated that would have been “natural”.  Naturally, I protected myself.  (Using my hands only, of course!)  Upon protecting myself, I was stitched up in Medical, then brought directly to the Super-Max Unit.  There I was held on Administrative Segregation for 20 days.  During which, I wrote a letter to Warden “Patty” Barnhart with my concerns about MDOC policy not being consulted in lieu of my administrative Segregation status.  I was release immediately, because I should have never been brought there.

I was written-up (Inhouse Charge) on 2 different Violations; Class A-Bodily Injury, Class B-Fighting.  I have recently been informed that because a time period, these have been dropped, but for no other reason but the facility not meeting the expected timed scheduale [sic].

Resulting from this attack, Many issues have surfaced during the course of it.

First, after being handcuffed and led to the Medical, I was uncuffed and placed on a table for observations.  The nurse cleaned and stared to stitch my face back together.  While this was in progress, the suspected Attacker was led by wheelchair, unsecured, through Medical to the room on my immediate right.  All during which nurses freely walk in and out of both rooms, leaving the doors opened.  Being placed in that situation, I was worried about another attack, and being unable to protect myself if indeed another occurred.  I was instilled with fear and anxiety at that time.  I’m forced to relive this tragic attack, everyday, everytime [sic] I look into a mirror or a reflection in the windows around.  People stare at my scar, ask about it, interupt [sic] my daily life.  This has made me self-concious [sic], extremely depressed, and has stared to make me anxious around large groups.  Because of the scar, I will remember this trauma forever.

The slash, is between 5 and 6 inches long, and is now a prominent feature on my face.  It begins on my right cheek, where the outside of my eye and the bottom of my nose intersects.  It continues outward towards, and across my jaw-line.  it then leads down under my right ear and across my neck, through to my hairline.  The stitches, (22 in all) were done very poorly; 3 placed inside, 19 on the outside.  My face being scarred further due to the bunching of the skin, and the botching of the sutures.

This scar could potentually [sic] ruin my entire future!  My social life, job oppertunities [sic], anything in which a physical appearance is necessary.

Not only was Medical unhelpful, I was never offered an anti-biotic, or pain medication during the whole ordeal.  I went through immense pain during and through-out the entire ordeal.  I experience an unbearable week and a half (10 days) of pain.  I couldn’t eat, talk, or even sleep without being in pain.

I am being subjected to punishment for protecting myself!  Protecting my own personal safety to avoid any further serious damage to myself.  Yet, the Maine State Prison, (of whom is responsible to ensure [sic] prisoner safety) was unable to ensure [sic] my safety, forcing me to act and react in a self defense.  I had to take immediate action to be able to maintain self preservation.  Therefore, I believe that my actions and behavior were completely justified.  But due to all the action thereafter resulting from the incedent [sic], my personal right to be safe have been violated and the MDOC’s prison officials behavior toward me was seriously unjustified.

So, there it is.  I have more details in which concern this issue, but need to consult an attorney.  (If I can find one).  But this part is my issue, I am unable to finance this.  I’ve got no money to be able to pursue this, but I really need a civil lawyer to assist me.  I was advised to contact Zachary L. Heiden of the M.C.L.U., of whom I will write to soon.

Thank you very much for taking your time to read this.  Please contact me as soon as you can possibly do it.


Maine State Prison


MSP Warden Caught in Sticky Land Deal: An Inmate has Questions

Dear Blog                                                                                7-17-2011

The Warden tried to pull a fast one on the Maine tax payers.  Check out the news paper [sic].  She bought Maine property and land worth $458,000 for $175,000.  She was going to subdivide it and have the Maine tax payers pay for lawn care for the next 4 years.

Dont [sic] let people fool you!  She knew what what [sic] was going on.  She is a smart women [sic].  We all know that you can’t buy stuff from the state, if you work for it.  Its [sic] a conflict of interest, and we all know that!

She came from out of state last year to be the warden here.  I think she knew about this deal when she came up!

People should call the news papers [sic] and have them check out this websight [sic]!  “voisesfromthecracks” [sic]

A few good questions that should be asked are.

  1. When did she know about the land deal.
  2. Why didn’t Maine market the property
  3. Who was going to do the lawn care!  ‘Prisoners’?

How can a prison run professionly [sic] if the Warren [sic] is corrupt?  Please call the news and have them check out this web Blog.  It’s a great time to expose these corrupt people!!!

With her unethical behavior, I wonder if she would let a murderer our for a dollar or two.


Maine State Prison

Unjustly Assigned Jobs and Pay Warrant Letter to Warden…But, Still No Response

Dear Sophie,                                                                           July 19, 2011


In June I wrote to the warden concerning favoritism in the hiring practices at M.S.P.  If you don’t know someone or a staff you will never get a job in industries.  I put in applications for 4 ½ years while people coming here after me got right into industries because they knew someone.

Also concerning jobs, there are about 40 prisoners that get paid from the Inmate Benefit Fund which is suppose [sic] to benefit all inmates.  There 40 prisoners get about 65,000.00 between them based on 2009 Inmate Benefit Fund expense report.  Out of the fund they pay a much higher rate the [sic] the state pays workers.

Enclosed is a letter I sent to the warden on June 15, 2011.  She never answers important issues that affect prisoners.

Most of the highest paying jobs go to workers that will never go home which leaves the people heading back to the streets out of luck.

I suggest all workers that don’t work in the kitchen or industries get paid $20.00 each per month.  The Benefit Fund can handle that and everyone would get the same pay and the favoritism would start to fade.



Thomas [last name omitted}

Maine State Prison


Letter to Warden Barnhart:


Dear Warden,                                                                          June 15, 2011


I am seeking an informal resolution to an issue at Maine State Prison that has been going on for some time that needs to be addressed.  That is favoritism in job hiring and the amount of money individuals are paid from the Inmate Benefit Fund.

The Inmate Benefit Fund is in place to benefit all prisoners.  Currently you have a prisoner in the law library that hands out a few papers for $300.00 a month plus, the canteen workers $150.00-$175.00 a month, school workers up to $300.00 per month.  There ussed [sic] to be 2 $100.00 a month positions in the greenhouse, now there is only 1 200.00 paid position.

Many of these positions are filled with prisoners that will that will [sic] never go home and that is unfair to the ones that will go home and need a few dollars to start over.

The hardest workers work in the kitchen and get pais [sic] the least and the money does not come out of the Inmate Benefit Fund.  The Fund is for all prisoners and if you are going to pay a certain few extravagantly it is not fair to everyone else.  Everyone should be paid a small stipend or nothing at all.  We are all equal and there is basically no job in here that someone cannot learn to do.

I want a resolution to the favoritism and the huge disparity in the pay for prisoners.


Thomas [last name omitted]

Maine State prison