Governor: Jail Expenses Growth is Slowing 

Governor John Baldacci says Maine’s county jail expenses aren’t growing as much as they have in the past.Baldacci says the expenses are now growing at less than one percent, compared with nine percent in years past.Those numbers follow the creation of a state Board of Corrections.Board members are charged with overseeing spending at Maine’s jails and developing ways to save money.On Friday, the governor held a ceremonial bill signing for a law that further streamlines programs and services offered by thecounty jails and the Department of Corrections. It expands victim notification requirements, modernizes the county jails’ home release program and clarifies the board’s budget review process.The bill takes effect September 12th.