Legislative Limbo

Legislative Limbo

Editor’s update (Jan. 10, 2021):  Rep. Charlotte Warren (D-Hallowell) has resubmitted An Act to Reclassify Certain Offenses under the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Laws and Motor Vehicle Laws and Increase the Efficiency of the Criminal Justice System for...
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...
When bail doesn’t work

When bail doesn’t work

Editor’s update (Jan. 10, 2021): Assistant House Majority Leader Rachel Talbot Ross (D-Portland) is sponsoring “An Act to Amend the Bail Code” for consideration during the 130th Maine legislative session, which convenes this month.   Doug Dunbar...
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...