What is the definition of Correction? Hmmm… lets consult the trust worthy Webster’s dictionary.
Correction:N. 1)Something given, done, or proposed as a substitute for what is wrong or inaccurate. 2) The act of correcting. 3) Punishment or chastisement. 4) (Usually Corrections) the various methods, as incarceration parole, and probation by which society deals with convicted offenders.
Now that’s out of the way I guess Maine Correctional Center has done something right. Part 4 of the above definition states incarceration that is about all this place does, oh – almost forgot they do know how to punitively punish. They tend to mass punish, and only punish you for breaking rules if you’re not one of the elite prisoners. Yes! They do have favorites. I believe Part two of the definition is something MCC staff and administration needs to improve on. How can a prisoner with a drug conviction fail a drug test while incarcerated and not automatically get enrolled in a substances abuse program? I have just the answer for you. MCC’s administration and staff Act part of caring individuals they want you to feel all warm and fuzzy (like that extended warranty you buy with your new car). All is well and life is good until something fails, after that you’re FUCKED! Everything was just an illusion, no one will help you because “It’s you own fault you deal with it” I know the first step to recovery is yourself but how can anyone do it alone. Prisoners are here because when thinking on their own they made poor decisions. Where are all the support staff that our tax dollars pay for? Well almost non-existent! How can this place consider themselves a correctional institution without proper programs, support, and caring staff to help guide and encourage inmates to improve themselves. Without the proper tools and knowledge how will someone succeed? They most likely won’t and are being set up for failure. MCC has a 70% success rate of non repeating offenders which is fairly respectable. My question to the Commissioner and Superintendent is why stop at 70% why not go for 85-90%? Are you afraid you will run out of clientele? MDOC and MCC administration continue to cut programs, jobs, and services for inmates. Whether they realize it or not, or even care they are doing more harm than good. I would like to make a suggestion to you administrations, why not take a few days and meet with your inmates, find out their needs, wants and goals are and then find some meaningful, helpful way, programs and services to HELP you prisoners better themselves. The art of corrections is to help whomever made the mistakes see the problem, what was wrong with it, and then help find a solution. It’s not very complicated Mr. Commissioner. It’s just takes a leader with a strong will to lead the way. Once you and your staff figure it out and everyone is consistent across the board will you start seeing better results. It’s not about the quantity of corrections. It’s about the quality of corrections.