Sheriffs React to Jail Proposal 

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.