Temporary public defense director selected amid major reform, barebone budget

On the same day the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services selected a new interim director, Gov. Janet Mills’ $8.4 billion budget excluded funds for public defense reforms that lawmakers say are needed.

The Latest

Chasing Maine: The Road Warriors

 Snowstorms are a way of life in Maine, and especially challenging for a city like Portland to snowplow. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at how a fleet of plows, massive snow blowers and dump trucks clear the streets and then move 11,000 cubic yards of snow out of...

Top Stories

Together, to the compassionate end

Together, to the compassionate end

A pastor and his wife, both suffering from COVID-19, were together through the final moments of a half-century marriage because of the efforts of a loving doctor and a do-what-it-takes Houlton hospital.

Running on empty

Running on empty

With a fixed income and little wiggle room in her budget, a Sangerville woman worries about keeping her home warm this winter.

SUPPORT INDEPENDENT, NONPROFIT JOURNALISM!

Join hundreds of Maine residents who believe in our dogged and fair-minded pursuit of the truth.

Projects

Defenseless

An investigation by The Maine Monitor and ProPublica found that more than a quarter of Maine attorneys disciplined in the past decade for serious professional misconduct were hired as lawyers for the poor. Sex crimes and felony convictions were among the most severe infractions overlooked in the only state without public defenders. Defendants paid the price.

The Last Responders

Along with provoking a pandemic, COVID-19 has triggered a grief epidemic. It has robbed families of final goodbyes, left loved ones to die with strangers, postponed wakes and funerals. And it has overwhelmed Maine’s “Last Responders,” priests, chaplains, funeral directors and hospice workers who must work around restrictions aimed at diminishing virus infections.

Other Projects

Follow the Money

Follow the Money

Mainers are facing a historic congressional election season in 2020. Examine how campaign fundraising and spending are shaping the races for Maine’s federal and state offices using The Maine Monitor’s interactive campaign finance trackers. 

2020: A Class Dismissed

2020: A Class Dismissed

The Maine Monitor spoke to seniors from high schools across the state to tell the story of Maine’s Class of 2020 and how these soon-to-be graduates are dealing with the unexpected developments that come with a pandemic and a disrupted senior year.

Due Process: Inside Maine’s County Courthouses

Due Process: Inside Maine’s County Courthouses

The Maine Monitor examines Maine’s criminal justice system at a time when there’s appetite for major change. Our series looks at the system – successes and failures – to test whether defendants and victims can rely on it to give them due process.

Video

Chasing Maine: The Road Warriors

Snowstorms are a way of life in Maine. Clearing the streets before dawn requires a massive effort. Hop on board with Portland’s plow team road warriors to see how it’s done.

Chasing Maine: The Holiday Lights

Chasing Maine: The Holiday Lights

Chasing Maine is a biweekly video series that explores Maine from a distinct visual perspective. Join veteran Maine journalist and storyteller Roger McCord as he chases the people, places and things that define the unique character of the Pine Tree State.

Chasing Maine: The Boneyard Hunter

Chasing Maine: The Boneyard Hunter

Chasing Maine is a biweekly video series that explores Maine from a distinct visual perspective. Join veteran Maine journalist and storyteller Roger McCord as he chases the people, places and things that define the unique character of the Pine Tree State.

DO YOU HAVE AN IDEA FOR A STORY WE SHOULD WRITE?

Let us know, and we’ll look into it. Many of the stories we have already written have been based on tips and suggestions from readers.

Explore Your Favorite Topics

Business
Coronavirus
Crime & Justice
Education
Energy
Environment
Health
Lifestyle
Money
Politics
Science
All Topics