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Maine State Prison


Maine State Prison

Population Capacity: 916
Custody Level of Prisoners: Close, Medium and Special Management
Number of Staff: 252 Employees

Warden Jeffrey D. Merrill
Chief Administrative Officer
807 Cushing Road
Warren ME 04864

Mission Statement

The mission of the Maine State Prison is to provide a safe, secure, and humane correctional environment for the incarcerated offender. Consistent with the mission of the Department of Corrections, the prison maintains appropriate control of offenders by providing various levels of security necessary to protect the public. This control is effected by utilizing the guiding principles of unit management and direct supervision concepts. The Maine State Prison balances its security obligation with its obligation to promote rehabilitation by providing and implementing a comprehensive treatment plan for each offender which encourages that offender to reenter society as a law-abiding, productive citizen. The treatment plan will include, where appropriate, the opportunity and incentive for offenders to progress to less secure facilities where they may continue their personal growth and development.

The Maine State Prison provides a work environment that emphasizes and expects teamwork, unity, respect, recognition of staff achievements and opportunities for personal and professional growth. Professionalism, integrity and adherence to the values of the Department of Corrections are the core of the Prison's mission.

Information on Classification (Criteria for Placement)

Prisoners are sent to the Maine State Prison using the following criteria (effective 1/2002)

Unsuspended portion of sentence exceeds five (5) years.

Escape conviction(s) or known escape attempt(s) from a medium or higher security facility.

Prisoners with special needs will be referred to the Director of Classifications. Prisoners with special needs include, but are not limited to, subjects with severe mental, emotional, or physical disabilities or about whom there is information indicating that placement in a particular facility might pose a threat to the safety of the prisoner or another person.

The prisoner has been released from a correctional facility within the last three (3) years and at the time of release the prisoner was classified as close or maximum custody


Education Services - The Education Department offers a variety of academic and life skills programs. Tutoring in literacy/remedial reading is provided by qualified prison tutors, literacy volunteers, and teachers. All tutors are LVA certified. Academic classes include basic computer instruction, GED prep, typing, English, horticulture, science, and college prep math. College classes are also offered over ITV (interactive television). Special programs, such as art, creative writing, music, literature, language, and a pre-release exit program, are also offered by the Education Department.

Mental Health Services - The Mental Health Service Department assures assessment and treatment planning for all prisoners with major mental illnesses or behavioral disorders. Treatment includes individual supportive counseling, cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy, group therapy, and psychopharmacological medications as indicated. The department also provides crisis intervention, discharge planning, staff training, and psycho-educational groups, e.g. anger management relapse prevention, sex offenders. The mental health staff work closely with security and medical personnel, as well as with other agencies to provide consistency and continuity of patient-prisoner care and treatment.

Substance Abuse Services - The Substance Abuse Department provides the following services:

Individual Counseling - One on one counseling services provided to those who request it (focusing on recovery issues). Initial appointments address assessment and evaluation leading to development of a treatment plan, prioritizing treatment issues appropriate to the individual.

Group Counseling- Several closed time limited groups are offered: Commitment to Change (10 weeks); Relapse Prevention (8 weeks); Return to Self-Relapse Prevention (12 weeks); Addiction 101 (15 hours) psycho-educational, small group (4 persons) and large group (12 persons); intensive six month 12 Step Group (3-7 participants).

Drop-In - Weekly group available to individuals on the waiting list. Provides basic information on a variety of subjects, informative in nature.

Self-Help - Actively supports Ledge AA group. Staff liaison working with administration, board members, community sponsors and volunteers to coordinate activities. Also working with Medical Department on monthly support group for individuals with HIV virus.

Social Services - Maine State Prison provides varied social services to the prisoner population and serves the needs of the Department of Corrections. All prisoners sentenced to the Maine State Prison are assigned to either a licensed Correctional Caseworker (L.S.W.) or a Correctional Care and Treatment Worker (C.C.T.W.) who will see the prisoner after his arrival.

The caseworker/CCTW assists the prisoner in developing an Individual Case Plan (I.C.P.), release plans as well as serving on the Unit Management Team and also frequently plays a role in defusing potentially disruptive situations. These functions taken together serve to control institutional tensions and provide a more stable environment.

Industries Program- The Maine State Prison Industries Program includes a Wood Shop and Upholstery Shop.

Wood Shop - Wood products, from cutting boards to bureaus and hutches are hand-crafted by prisoners working in the Maine State Prison Wood Shop. Finishing of the products is done by prisoners working in the Finishing Shop. These work areas provide prisoners with a means of learning work ethics, marketable job skills and entry into the job market upon release. Products are sold through the Prison Showroom with monies used to support industries and craft programs, which involve approximately 100 prisoners.

Upholstery Shop - The upholstery shop at the Maine State Prison makes cushions, canvas bags, and more for sale in the Prison Showroom. Prisoners hand sand chairs under contract between the Maine State Prison and private business. Chair caning and rush roping are also done in the upholstery shop.

Small Products Line - The Maine State Prison Small Products Line provides an opportunity for prisoners to work on wood novelties during their recreation time. All program participants must first complete a safety training course, where they are taught the safety basics of all machinery. Items from the Small Products Line are made for sale in the Prison Showrooms in Windham and Thomaston.

Groups - There are several inmate self-help groups at the Maine State Prison including AA, Jaycees, Long Timer's, HIV Peer Education, Yokefellow, and NAACP. All groups meet on a weekly basis and report to a staff person designated as liaison. Some of the groups also include volunteers from the community who meet inside the prison on a regular basis.

Religion- The Protestant and Catholic Chaplains offer extensive pastoral counseling on a weekly basis. The Protestant Chaplain is a full time employee while the Catholic Chaplain spends two and one half days at the prison. The rest of his time is spent at other Department of Corrections facilities.

Yokefellows Groups
Christian Prayer Groups
Christian Bible Studies
Wiccan Study Group
Faith Group Services:
Christian Fellowship Services
Catholic Mass
Neo-Pagan Monthly Worship Service
Muslim Prayer Group
Witnesses of Jehovah

Shared Resources with Bolduc Correctional Facility (BCF):

Tactical Team
Business Office
Criminal Investigations
K-9 Team
Personnel Office
Fleet Management
Road and Grounds Upkeep
Fire Department
Mental Health Services

Policies and Procedures

The Department of Corrections Policy and Procedures are available for public viewing by contacting the Prison Administrative Coordinator, Maine State Prison, 807 Cushing Road, Warren, Maine04864, except any confidential Policy and Procedures.

Members of the public that want a copy of a specific Policy and Procedure will be charged a copy fee of twenty-five cents a page.


The mailing address for a prisoner at Maine State Prison:

Prisoner’s Name
MaineState Prison
807 Cushing Road
Warren, Maine04864-4600

All incoming prisoner mail must have a verifiable name and return address.

Cash shall not be sent to any prisoner.

Visiting a Prisoner at MaineState Prison

Visiting prisoners at the Maine State Prison is encouraged to allow prisoners reasonable opportunities to visit with relatives and friends in addition to professional visits involving the prisoner and an attorney or other representative of a legal advocacy organization. Visitors should be aware that the option to participate in a scheduled visit is the prisoner's.

Visiting Hours:

Monday – Friday

8:30 to 10:30 a.m.1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays
8:00 to 9:00 a.m.12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Visits must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance by calling (207) 273-5301 Monday through Friday between
8:00 and 11:30 am and 12:30 and 2:00 pm. For a weekend or a Monday visit you must call before 2:00 pm on Friday. A phone with a direct line to the visit clerk is available in the MSP Lobby for visitors to use to schedule visits.

Frequency of Visits:

Please be advised that visitation is based upon custody status. Prisoners housed in the Medium Unit are eligible for three (3) visits per week. Prisoners housed in the Close Unit are eligible for two (2) visits per week. Administrative Segregation, Disciplinary Status, and High Risk prisoners are eligible for one (1) (one-hour) visit per week. (Non-Contact Only) Non-Contact visiting provides for the prisoner and his visitor to be separated by a glass partition.

The visit week begins on Monday and ends on Sunday.

Visitation Clearance:

Visits from a proposed visitor will not be permitted until a clearance is granted. No visitor except immediate family members shall be on more than one (1) prisoners visit list. Immediate family includes spouse, natural, foster or adoptive mother, father, son, daughter, grandfather or grandmother, grandchild, brother or sister, or stepmother, stepfather, stepson, stepdaughter, stepgrandfather or stepgrandmother, stepgrandchild or stepbrother or stepsister. Visitor Clearance Forms can be obtained from the prisoner that you wish to visit or from the Lobby Officer, Maine State Prison. Clearances may take up to six (6) weeks (it may take longer if an applicant has a criminal record) for processing.

Maine State Prison recommends arriving a half-hour prior to your scheduled visit to allow adequate time to check in and be escorted to the visit.

Visitation Room Rules:

With contact visits, a visitor and prisoner may embrace or kiss briefly at the beginning and end of the visit. Prisoners and visitors may hold hands during the remainder of the visit. The hands of the prisoner and visitor must be visible at all times. Unless otherwise restricted, prisoners may hold their minor children in their laps.

Nothing will be passed between the visitor and prisoner. TOBACCO IS CONTRABAND.

An adult visitor must sit or be seated directly across from the prisoner. The number of visitors allowed to visit a prisoner at any one time is is three. Children under the age of four do not count as one of the three visitors.

There shall be no profane or loud language.

Visitors are not allowed to use the restroom in the visit area unless it is an emergency or undue hardship.

Visitors are encouraged to use the restroom prior to their visit.

Prisoners are not allowed toilet privileges during their visit under any conditions.

Prisoners and visitors are not allowed to move around the visit room or converse with other prisoners.

Food, drinks, toys, candies and gum from the outside are not allowed in the visit room. Clear baby bottles and clear training cups for infants and toddlers are permitted.

Outer clothing/apparel is not allowed into the visit room. Sweaters are permitted. Lockers are available in the Lobby to store items. The prisoner or visitor will carry no articles into the visit room. No prisoner property or funds will be accepted by staff in connection with a visit.

Childrens books and toys are available and located on a bookcase in the visit room. Each child will be allowed to go to the bookcase during the visit period, and bring books or toys back to their visiting table. Children must return directly to their table after selecting their books and toys. Adult visitors are responsible for picking up and returning books and toys to the bookcase.

Adults will accompany children at all times and will be responsible for their behavior. All children must be seated within the immediate vicinity of the parents or guardians. They may not sit unsupervised. They may not climb on furniture or disturb other visitors in any way, which includes yelling, screaming or throwing things.

All visitors are required to dress in a reasonable fashion to ensure the good order of the visiting room. In instances where clothing worn by a visitor comes into question, the Visiting Sergeant or Shift Commander will make the determination if the visitor will be permitted to visit. If the visit is not allowed, the visitor will be advised to leave the property. Visitors are prohibited from wearing blue denim shirts into the visit area.

ALL VISITORS ARE SUBJECT TO SEARCH: All persons are subject to search prior to and as a condition for visiting. This includes minor children. Persons found to be trafficking contraband will be suspended from visiting and may face criminal prosecution.

No person currently in service of a sentence will be permitted to visit. Ex-offenders must apply in writing to the Warden, one year after completion of their sentence before being allowed to visit.

Prisoners may be restricted to non-contact visitation as outlined in Department Policy 21.4.

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