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The former corrections officer was found not guilty of assault and reckless conduct charges for breaking an inmate’s nose and his own hand
A judge ruled the Somerset County Jail violated labor laws by failing to pay its COs an OT premium under a contract with the United States Marshal’s Service
The report outlines the steps the Penobscot County sheriff and staff need to take to comply with PREA. It also said a new jail would allow for better surveillance
Penobscot County is looking to hire a marketing firm that would present educational details to the public about the need for a new jail, which would have to be approved by the voters
COs no longer need to find a locked first aid kit, which could be on another floor, to access the drug
Maine’s facilities have grown much of their own food in on-site organic gardens, baked all their own breads and bought discounted produce and grains
Security issues, low staffing and claims of civil rights violations marred the record of Ryan Thornell’s predecessors
Last summer, the unused building was opened to staff who were “commuting great distances” to sleep between shifts
Mediocre wages, grueling hours and difficult working conditions have made it hard for the state to hire and retain people
They’re the latest problems to come up at the Bangor facility that’s more than 160 years old
Lawmakers aim to replace language considered stigmatizing with alternatives such as “resident of a jail”
Roy King’s message of equity helps people feel at ease during hard conversations about race and racism
Tracking the success of rehabilitative programs is about to get a lot easier in the state of Maine’s correctional facilities
Learn how a medication-assisted treatment pilot turned into a successful program
The officer had disclosed past drug use, including abuse of prescription drugs, LSD and cocaine, on his application