Penobscot County Jail

Because of the ongoing threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, a group formed last year to oppose the expansion of the Penobscot County Jail is calling for the immediate reduction of the facility's population ther and at other jails and prisons in Maine.

Gabor Degre / Bangor Daily News

Penobscot County commissioners are meeting again Thursday with the architects they’ve hired to design a new jail in an effort to keep the cost “reasonable” so voters will support borrowing money for the new facility.

BANGOR, Maine - The Penobscot County Jail is reducing the number of inmates released in the middle of the night.

BANGOR, Maine - A Maine county is opting for a $45 million plan to replace its aging and overcrowded jail.


County administrators who are concerned over state funding for county jails met with key lawmakers in Augusta on Tuesday, during the first day of the special legislative session.

BANGOR, Maine - A Maine sheriff says the Penobscot County Jail is overcrowding with inmates, far exceeding the state's population limits on a daily basis.
The state capacity for the Bangor-area jail is 157 inmates. Penobscot County Sheriff Troy Morton says an average number of 210 inmates are housed in the jail.
Morton says the opioid epidemic is a factor in the jail's crowding, and he says a vast majority of the inmates suffer from opioid addictions.