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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...
The prosecutor’s power

The prosecutor’s power

Maine’s eight elected district attorneys wield tremendous power to decide how or whether to charge someone with a crime, whether to strike a plea deal and whether there’s enough evidence to win the case at trial. That power became painfully clear to Alison McKellar of...
Talking justice with Maine’s district attorneys

Talking justice with Maine’s district attorneys

Across Maine’s 16 counties, eight district attorneys are entrusted to prosecute all criminal cases — except murders — that occur in their region.  Maine’s DAs represent one of eight Unified Criminal Dockets around the state. The UCD merges the criminal dockets from...