Efforts to eliminate cash bail are being considered in the legislative and judicial branches as Maine examines ways to reform its criminal justice system.
Through plea bargains, mandatory minimums and growing political clout, Maine’s DAs wield plenty of power in an increasingly inconsistent judicial system.
Bail reform and making substance use disorder treatment available to Maine’s incarcerated population are among 15 criminal justice bills to be considered this legislative session.
A lack of consistent data, district attorneys with differing agendas and inconsistencies with services offered around the state have many pushing for reforms to Maine’s court system.
The Maine Monitor has been selected to participate in ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network in 2020. The year-long grant will allow Samantha Hogan to continue reporting on the challenges facing Maine’s court system.
By taking “three steps back,” Maine legislators give local school districts more power to decide what works best in their communities.
New bill spells out that to graduate, Maine students must meet requirements in core subjects as well as career and education development, world languages, health and wellness and visual and performing arts.
Pender Makin has built a career by finding innovative ways to connect with kids. She’s now tasked with improving the reputation of Maine schools.
As it awaits approvals and opponents amp up efforts, a Norwegian company still plans to break ground in August in Belfast.
With control in the Legislature and Janet Mills in the Blaine House, Maine Democrats shift their focus to implementing Medicaid expansion and executing a blue agenda.
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