AUGUSTA - Governor Paul LePage met with all 16 of Maine's Sheriffs today, the Sheriffs voicing their fears to the Governor.
Those concerns are the early release of inmates, layoffs of jail guards, and even closing facilities outright...all because of an over $1 million shortfall. Still, Sheriffs emerged from Tuesday's summit hopeful.
Kennebec County Sheriff Randall Liberty said there are a few options- returning sole funding responsibilities to the counties; dissolving the board of corrections; and the least desireable: a complete state takeover of the jails.
But, the situation is dire. Several jails will literally run out of money to pay corrections officers in mid-May, unless funding comes down now, in this quarter, and could even close. Meanwhile, the Sheriffs are forming a special committee to talk through these very issues.
Erin joined the ABC-7 and FOX Bangor news team in February 2012. She was born and raised in Presque Isle, Maine where she attended Presque Isle High School. While in college Erin interned in the WVII news room before working as a Production Assistant. In May of 2012, Erin received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Maine, along with a minor in Anthropology. When she's not out covering local news, Erin enjoys running, skiing, visiting with family and friends, and traveling around this beautiful state. She is especially interested in outdoor adventure so if you have a story idea, send it her way!