AUGUSTA – A bill to provide additional funding to county jails is on its way to the governor’s desk.
This after jails statewide have operated beyond capacity adding a burden on the county budget.
“For the past few years, county jails statewide have operated beyond capacity. Now, the state house and senate approved nearly five million dollars in additional funding in an attempt to ease the burden on county budgets.” said Penobscot County Commissioner Peter Baldacci.
“County jail administrators across the state have stretched available dollars nearly to the budget breaking point.” added Hancock County Sheriff Scott Kane.
In fact, number of prisoners in the Penobscot County Jail Monday was more than 170, while capacity at the thirty-year-old jail is only 150 inmates.
Jail officials say training, transportation and clothing have taken budgetary hits as a result of the funding constraints.