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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...
When bail doesn’t work

When bail doesn’t work

Doug Dunbar traces the beginnings of his alcoholism to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. He was in Washington D.C., working as director of communications for then-U.S. Rep. John Baldacci. He and others were evacuated from their offices and hunkered down in the...
Due process? A court system in the crosshairs

Due process? A court system in the crosshairs

Maine’s criminal justice system is coming under heavy scrutiny as the legislative session begins, with dozens of proposed bills addressing concerns about inconsistent practices and services, fairness and a lack of hard data on how courts are functioning. Dozens of...
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...