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Legislative Limbo

Legislative Limbo

More than 450 pieces of legislation are in limbo, including measures to reform Maine’s criminal justice system, following the sudden adjournment of the Legislature last week because of concerns about the spread of coronavirus. Some of the criminal justice bills...
Maine reduces jail population amid coronavirus concerns

Maine reduces jail population amid coronavirus concerns

AUGUSTA — Maine is reducing its jail population as the state aims to avoid potential exposure of staff and inmates to COVID-19, the illness widely known as coronavirus, inside its locked facilities. Maine’s judicial branch cancelled or postponed the majority of court...
A reminder to avoid a remand?

A reminder to avoid a remand?

More than 9,000 people are jailed in Maine every year for one simple reason: They didn’t show up for a court date. And while some of them are ducking their responsibility to appear before a judge, many others simply forget, are confused about the process, are sick or...