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This brief addresses the following question: What are the characteristics of repeat offenders at the Cumberland County Jail? In 2006, Cumberland County hired the Muskie School of Public Service to help provide information for county planning purposes. The Muskie School examined the characteristics of individuals booked more than once at the Cumberland County Jail in 2005.

Of the 10,260 bookings at the Cumberland County Jail in 2005, 4,617 (45%) were individuals with more than one booking. A booking, whether for someone being pre-arraigned, being held for trial, or sentenced, consumes limited jail resources. Clearly for public safety purposes, many crimes such as felonies necessitate the use of jail resources; however, many individuals who were repeatedly booked at the jail were there for lesser offenses with significantly reduced risk to public safety.


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