When debtors’ prisons in Maine flouted justice, Pine Tree emerged as a legal ally


The group that for 50 years has helped low-income Mainers and ended archaic practices in the state now faces cuts to federal funds.
Feature (Maine)

Colin Woodard
Portland Press Herald (Maine)
October 1, 2017
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Tags: Debtors Prison

Organizations mentioned/involved: Pine Tree Legal Assistance (PTLA) (Maine)


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On Friday, the organization will observe its 50th anniversary with an event at the University of Southern Maine featuring U.S. Sen. Angus King, who, like Reben, first came to Maine to work for Pine Tree Legal in 1969. But today the organization faces a new challenge: President Trump has proposed eliminating the agency that provides the majority of Pine Tree’s federal funding.