Due Process: In Review

Due Process: In Review

Five key findings from The Maine Monitor’s months-long investigation into the state’s county court system.

A reminder to avoid a remand?

A reminder to avoid a remand?

More than 9,000 people are incarcerated in Maine jails every year for one simple reason: They didn’t show up for their court date. Advocates say a text message system that would send court date reminders to defendants’ cell phones could help reduce that number. Others say a paper reminder should be enough.

A district divided

A district divided

Washington County officials, feeling neglected by the district attorney they share with Hancock County, want their own prosecutorial district to help address the growth of drug-related offenses. The unequal relationship between the counties highlights a disparity in Maine’s district court system.

The data void in Maine courts

The data void in Maine courts

An e-filing and case management system, scheduled for full installation by 2022, will provide access to data for judicial officials and state legislators seeking to determine where resources are needed.

When bail doesn’t work

When bail doesn’t work

Efforts to eliminate cash bail are being considered in the legislative and judicial branches as Maine examines ways to reform its criminal justice system.

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