Two-year budget leaves public defense reform underfunded

Two-year budget leaves public defense reform underfunded

A budget that will guide the next two years of spending in Maine passed the Legislature late last month without expanded funding for legal services for low-income Mainers. The decision opens the door further to litigation if lawmakers cannot resolve a decade of...
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...