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Legislative Limbo

Legislative Limbo

More than 450 pieces of legislation are in limbo, including measures to reform Maine’s criminal justice system, following the sudden adjournment of the Legislature last week because of concerns about the spread of coronavirus. Some of the criminal justice bills...
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...
A district divided

A district divided

When he was elected sheriff in 2014, Barry Curtis told Washington County voters he would address the county’s drug problem head on. After 25 years as a state trooper – the last 15 in Washington and Hancock counties – he felt well prepared for the job. When he returned...
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...