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.