Some Maine sheriffs are scratching their heads, others are raising concerns and some are just plain angry
about Governor Baldacci’s plan to have the state take over the
state’s 15 jails.
Baldacci’s plan is aimed at saving millions of dollars by
consolidating 15 county jail systems and the state corrections
system into a single system. Jails would be closed in four
counties: Oxford, Franklin, Piscataquis and Waldo.
The Maine Sheriff’s Association questions whether the plan will
save money at all. Under the plan, the closed jails would become
72-hour holding facilities, and the association says it’d still
cost money for staff, utilities and maintenance.
Kennebec County Sheriff Randall Liberty says another expense
would be bigger pay checks for county corrections officers.
They currently get paid less than than state counterparts employed by
the Maine Department of Corrections.