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The bail commissioner is an obscure but essential part of Maine’s criminal justice system, and critics say it is in need of serious updating. An investigation uncovered repeated shortcomings despite attempts to overhaul the system.
The Lake tragedy may be what brings major reform to how Maine’s criminal justice system handles dangerous domestic violence cases.
Until now, there has been little recognition outside of the 2006 study that recommended Maine’s bail system be revised.
Proposed budget restores to Maine’s judicial system to level that helped improve hiring and training of bail commissioners.
Critics say the limited training and expertise and inconsistency in how bails are set reveal a system in need of updating.
Without a full and accurate picture of the defendant, experts say a bail commissioner could either set the wrong amount of bail.
The bail commissioner is an obscure but essential part of Maine’s criminal justice system, and critics say it is in need of serious updating.
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