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Missed deadline will delay major public defender reforms

Missed deadline will delay major public defender reforms

Advisors to Maine’s public defense system were expected to finalize a package of reforms on Tuesday to share with state lawmakers next month but instead learned that they had missed a deadline to submit rule changes by more than five weeks, delaying major changes...
Maine lawmakers to consider 15 criminal justice bills

Maine lawmakers to consider 15 criminal justice bills

Lawmakers will consider more than two dozen bills this session that seek to reform the state’s criminal justice system, some of which were carried over from last year and others that move recommendations forward from task forces and committees. Other bills could be...
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...
Maine lawmakers to consider 15 criminal justice bills

Maine public defense under scrutiny: Five things to know

The specter of fraud has shaded Maine’s public defense system for the past three years while lawmakers and a hired consultant investigated the state agency that oversees court-appointed lawyers for Maine’s poor. The largest probe yet is now underway into the financial...