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...
A district divided

A district divided

Editor’s update (Jan. 10, 2021): Rep. William Tuell (R-East Machias) has resubmitted “Resolve, To Establish Separate Prosecutorial Districts in Downeast Maine” for consideration during the 130th Maine legislative session, which convenes this month.  ...
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...