Maine prison guards request purchase of stab vests
AUGUSTA (AP) -- The union representing Maine's prison guards has asked legislators to support the purchase of "stab vests" for its members following a fatal inmate stabbing at the Warren prison.
James Mackie, staff representative for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, on Wednesday presented a letter to the chairmen of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee asking them to support legislation providing vests to 600 guards with direct contact with inmates.
Reportedly, the $240 vests are designed to protect the wearer from stab wounds to the chest, back and sides. The total would be about $150,000.
Democratic State Rep. Mark Dion of Portland says officer safety is an important topic that should be discussed, but it's too early to commit to the proposal.