The disparities of deferred dispositions

The disparities of deferred dispositions

As diversion clerk, Katherine Ellis works with many different types of people facing charges in Cumberland County. Her job in the district attorney’s office is to help people after they admit to committing a crime but have been given a chance to wipe the slate clean...
The data void in Maine courts

The data void in Maine courts

A lack of data has created a massive roadblock for committees, task forces and legislators weighing potential major reforms to Maine’s criminal justice system.  Last February, Maine Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Leigh Saufley reconvened the state’s...
Talking justice with Maine’s district attorneys

Talking justice with Maine’s district attorneys

Across Maine’s 16 counties, eight district attorneys are entrusted to prosecute all criminal cases — except murders — that occur in their region.  Maine’s DAs represent one of eight Unified Criminal Dockets around the state. The UCD merges the criminal dockets from...