Maine

In 2003, Maine legislators reduced the mandatory minimum sentence for murder from 25 to 20 years, and authorized courts to suspend other mandatory prison sentences altogether if they are found to create a “substantial injustice” and if doing so would not diminish the gravity of the offense nor endanger public safety.

How You Can Advocate for Sentencing Reform in Your State

You can do several things to work toward reforming your state’s sentencing laws – go to our get involved page to find out how.

Encourage your state lawmakers to support mandatory minimum sentencing reform. Be sure to connect with FAMM and other sentencing reformers on Facebook, Twitter, and by signing up for our email list.

Sentencing/Criminal Justice Reform Groups in this State:


May 31, 2017

Maine’s tough-on-crime talking governor to release inmates

Originally published 5/25/17 at the Washington Post Maine’s Republican governor, who once joked about using the guillotine to execute drug dealers, announced a plan this week to release an unknown number of “lower-risk” prisoners from the state’s correctional facilities. State prisoner advocates applauded Gov. Paul LePage’s idea, while some fellow Republicans questioned it. The governor… Read more »


March 6, 2017

Bangor Launches Law Enforcement-Assisted Opioid Diversion Program

Originally seen in WCSH6. BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) – On Wednesday, speakers at the Health Equity Alliance launched the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion Program (LEAD), an “innovative approach to Opioid Use Disorder and the criminal justice system.” There are currently five operational LEAD programs across the country which are all funded through a grant from… Read more »


September 27, 2013

ALEC: A Safety Valve for Overcrowded Prisons

(Washington Times op-ed by Cara Sullivan, American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)) — The Senate Judiciary Committee met on Sept. 18 to examine the efficacy of mandatory-minimum sentences and to discuss “safety-valve” policies that would increase judicial discretion, maximize the effectiveness of the criminal justice system and increase safety among the nation’s communities. Policymakers are correct to be concerned… Read more »