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.
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May 31, 2017
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
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
(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 »