A screening of the film “Three Thousand and Life” and a talk by former political prisoner and current Waldo County resident Ray Luc Levasseur about a current legislative bill on solitary confinement will comprise the monthly program of the Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. in the Abbott Room of Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.

Levasseur will talk about his own experience with solitary confinement as well as describing LD 1611, An Act to Ensure Humane Treatment for Special Management Prisoners, currently being debated in the Maine legislature. The bill will limit the amount of time Maine prisoners could be placed in solitary confinement.

Levasseur grew up in a French-Canadian millworking family in southern Maine, is a Vietnam veteran, spent 10 years underground, 20 years in prison (13 in solitary confinement) and now works as a carpenter and a member of a coalition for prison reform and eventual abolition. He will be testifying at the legislature earlier in the day in support of LD 1611. He will discuss the legislation and how people can support changes in Maine’s prison system.

“Three Thousand Years and Life” will be shown before Levasseur’s talk. The 49-minute film, made on location at Massachusetts’ Walpole Prison in 1973, chronicles a time when prison guards went on strike and prisoners ran their own facility. This short documentary by Randall Conrad was released shortly after the prison was re-taken by state police.

The film and talk/discussion is sponsored by the Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County. Admission is free; donations are welcome. For more information, call Larry Dansinger at 525-7776.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.