The Coastal Packet: Large numbers held in jail without trial

Saturday, March 19

Large numbers held in jail without trial

Sun Journal - “Maine faces a serious problem with the rate of pretrial incarceration populations in its county jails,” according to a report issued in December by the Intergovernmental Pretrial Justice Reform Task Force.

The rate has increased each of the last five years, to the point where in half of the county jails in Maine, more than 70 percent of the people being held last year were citizens awaiting trial. Androscoggin and Oxford county jails exceeded 80 percent, according to the report.

During a public hearing on LD 1639 before the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee, lawmakers heard about recommendations from the task force to reduce the pretrial incarceration

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