Presentation to the
Maine Board of Corrections
Maine County Correctional System
POISED FOR CHANGE?
Fifteen County Jails
• Lincoln and Sagadahoc have the only regional
jail east of Virginia.
• Cumberland is the largest with 636 beds.
• Franklin is the smallest with 29 beds.
• Average Dailey population is 1732
• 240 are state/federal boarders.
Maine’s county jail system has historically served the
community by holding pre-trial clients and persons
serving short term sentences.
The county based system allowed persons to be held near
their community and close to support services upon
The county jail system has experienced significant changes
as the state deinstitutionalized the mental health system
and the length of time served has expanded as the state
struggled to manage its prison population.
• Without an adequate community mental
health safety net our citizens in need too
often are deposited at the county jail.
• Counties have had a growing dependency on
the property tax as state funding remained flat
at about 5% of actual costs and populations
swelled as the legislature mandated minimum
sentencing for numerous crimes.
• Inmate medical costs
– Mental Health - Substance Abuse treatment.
• Boarding for overcrowded facilities.
• Commodities – Food, oil, clothing, etc.
• Replacing outdated facilities.
• Transportation of inmates
• The jail portion of the county budget has
averaged 50% of county spending.
• The property tax assessment for the county
jail system is now capped at $62,452,804.
• Since 2005 jails have averaged 7.7% to 8.4%
annual cost increases.
Alternatives to incarceration
• Pre-trial supervision
• Day Reporting
• OUI Weekends
• Alternative sentencing programs (LASP)
• Co-occurring Disorder Court
• Deferred Disposition
• Trustee Community Service Programs
• Numbers of programs offered is variable form
county to county