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Policy Brief

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Maine Department of corrections, Prison Overcrowding - Maine


Overcrowding and rising costs in Maine’s corrections system have become a serious problem. In the past twenty years, the average daily population in state prisons has grown 74 percent, while county jails have grown 193 percent. To accommodate this growth, Maine, in 2004, spent $127,343,971, not including debt service, to operate the prisons and county jails. This brief examines state prison, county jail, and probation population trends since 2004 and identifies key factors driving the number of prisoners


The opinions, findings, and conclusions expressed in this publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Department of Justice.

Funding Organization

This research brief was conducted under the auspices of the State Justice Statistics Program, Bureau of Justice his Statistics, Department of Justice. Funding for this brief was provided by grant 2006-BJ-CX-K024.



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