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The Maine Department of Corrections (MDOC) plans to ease restrictions on prisoner visitation beginning in July.

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Maine's Department of Corrections says it's received the results of 221 COVID-19 tests on prisoners and staff at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham, and all tests so far have been negative. Additional results are expected in the next several days as the state testing lab runs the 484 samples the DOC submitted.

All prisoners, staff and contractors at the prison have submitted for testing, officials say. The tests were in response to the discovery at the facility of the first confirmed case of a prisoner with COVID-19.

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County jails in Maine have seen a 38 percent decline in their prison populations over the past several weeks, and the Maine State Prison system has had an eight percent drop, according to the latest figures on the Department of Corrections website.

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Police, prosecutors and judges in Maine are taking steps to avoid sending non-violent offenders to jail. The spread of the coronavirus has prompted Maine courts to issue orders vacating outstanding warrants for unpaid fines and unpaid restitution.

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Some Maine jails have begun releasing certain prisoners as a way to cope with the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

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The Maine Department of Corrections is suspending all visits to its facilities. That includes visits from family, friends and volunteers. In a written statement the Department said it is working on reducing or eliminating phone commission rates during this time.

A national consultant hired by the state's Juvenile Justice Advisory Group to examine Maine's juvenile justice system and incarceration of youth at the Long Creek Correctional Center in South Portland says it would be a mistake to house adults with children in the same facility.

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Later this month, a Caribou man who has been diagnosed with an opioid use disorder will report to the Maine State Prison to serve a nine-month sentence.

A state-funded halfway house for young men leaving the juvenile detention facility in South Portland is scheduled to open in March.

The Portland residence is designed to house six young men between the ages of 18 and 21 as they make the transition from the Long Creek Youth Development Center into the community. The nonprofit Opportunity Alliance will run the program, which is funded by the Department of Corrections.

Restorative Justice

Sep 15, 2016
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Restorative justice is gaining more and more followers and making the news across the country.  We discuss this system of criminal justice that focuses on the rehabilitation of offenders through reconciliation with victims and the community at large and how it is playing out in Maine.

 

Guests:

Seth Levy, trial attorney who has represented clients involved with restorative justice

 

Sarah Mattox, Program coordinator for Restorative Justice Project