November 1, 2007
The Real Experts
To the editor,
The real experts about re-entry needs are men and women who have spent time in jails or prisons. Thus, the most important Maine re-entry project is The Maine State Prison Center for Successful Re-entry: A Prisoner-Initiated Program, which is being planned by a group of men inside Maine State Prison. Mike Parker, who first conceptualized this project, writes that the Center is intended to "...provide meaningful opportunities for prisoners to build their skills and capacity to successfully re-enter their communities...." Mr. Parker clarifies the reason for prisoner-initiated planning: "...Given that America's prison systems are geared toward warehousing, intentionally or unintentionally, it is necessary for prisoners to take responsibility for their own rehabilitation...."
The MSP Re-Entry Center planners need support for this incredibly worthwhile initiative. Please learn more by contacting Rev. Dewey Fagerberg at 236-8071 or Michael J. Parker at MSP, 807 Cushing Rd., Warren, ME 04864.
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