Department of Corrections Website Now Includes Prisoner/Probationer Database 

Maine residents can now check the state prisons department website to find out whether any convicted felons are living in their communities while on probation.The Department of Corrections website allows people to search through the database of state’s more than 9-thousand adult prisoners and probationers. We logged on and found about two-thirds are on probation and many are low level offenders who never spent any time behind bars.The database also includes 37 convicted murderers who are on probation. Officials say the goal is to allow victims to track criminals and to reduce the workload for corrections staffers. But civil libertarians and prisoner advocates say it could be used against people who have paid their debt to society.Home addresses are not included.