Department of Corrections Commissioner Liberty joins us to discuss the pressing issues facing Maine's prison system. As Commissioner, he has stated that recidivism is one of his top priorities, as is prisoner re-entry into society. We will also discuss juvenile justice, women prisoners, solitary confinement, and how he plans to address mental health and substance use issues among prisoners and staff.
Guest: Commissioner Randy Liberty has more than 36 years of leadership experience in the fields of corrections and law enforcement, having served as the Warden of the Maine State Prison since 2015. Prior to that, he served more than 26 years in the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office, nine as the elected sheriff, during which time he focused on drug enforcement, drug abuse education and treatment of addiction.
Randy Liberty, commissioner, Maine Department of Corrections
Bruce Noddin (by phone), director, Maine Prisoner Re-Entry Network
Rep. Charlotte Warren (by phone), serving in the Maine House of Representatives (District 84 -Hallowell, Manchester and West Gardiner); she serves as House chair of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee and previously served on the Judiciary Committee
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