Maine Seeks Input on Women’s Reentry Facility

On March 28, the Maine Department of Corrections (MDOC) will host its final public information session concerning a proposed 72-bed women’s reentry facility in Windham. Though the facility will ease the state’s overcrowding and provide better services for female inmates, local outcry over the plan last month pushed department heads to increase project transparency.

Feasibility Study Planned for Proposed Windham Prison

Plans have started to develop a new prison facility in Windham. Maine Department of Corrections officials are currently working on a feasibility study that will assess the benefits of replacing the current Maine Correctional Center with a more efficient and updated facility. Although construction on the project wouldn’t begin for a few years, the feasibility study is due to Maine’s Legislature in the spring of 2014.

Committee Gives Conditional Approval to $100 Million Maine Prison Expansion

Plans to issue a $100 million bond to double capacity at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham will move forward with caution after barely gaining committee approval.

Maine Considers Putting Young Adults in Juvenile Facilities

Battle lines are being drawn around an unusual proposal to change laws in the state of Maine pertaining to where young adult inmates serve out their sentences.

Maine Could Save $19M With Corrections Consolidation

Efforts to reduce state prison costs under a jail consolidation law will save taxpayers more than $19.2 million between 2009 and 2013, according to officials.

Maine Considering Prison Privatization Bill

By Helen Christophi
One month after nominating a former Corrections Corp. of America warden for Correction's Commissioner, the state of Maine is now considering the privatization of its prison system.

Maine Gov.’s DOC Selection Ruffles Feathers

By Helen Christophi
Gov. Paul LePage has nominated Joseph Ponte to head Maine’s Department of Corrections. Ponte is currently a warden at Nevada Southern Detention Center, which is owned by Corrections Corp. of America.