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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...
Missed deadline will delay major public defender reforms

Missed deadline will delay major public defender reforms

Advisors to Maine’s public defense system were expected to finalize a package of reforms on Tuesday to share with state lawmakers next month but instead learned that they had missed a deadline to submit rule changes by more than five weeks, delaying major changes...
In defense of the defendants

In defense of the defendants

Harold Mortimer stood in front of Judge Valerie Stanfill, accused of driving under the influence of alcohol for the second time in 2019. He met the lawyer standing beside him that morning and their conversation was brief: plead not guilty and get an attorney.  Randy...
Commission in the crosshairs

Commission in the crosshairs

Defense attorneys, criminal justice advocates and former prisoners packed a marathon 6½-hour public hearing Tuesday at the State House to voice concerns about the effectiveness of the state’s current system to provide legal defense to Maine’s poor. The eight newly...