The Maine Department of Corrections is committed to a new model of corrections, one promoting the safety and wellbeing of staff and residents, while also ensuring residents and community clients see fewer barriers as they meaningfully engage with rehabilitative-focused services. This operating philosophy, known as the Maine Model of Corrections, is founded in the principles of normalization and humanization, with emphasis on destigmatization, respect, and modernization of the Department as a whole.
Simply, the goal of the model is to rebuild and transform lives.
The Maine Model of Corrections includes initiatives that continue to fundamentally shift the way the Department conducts itself:
- A new Mission and Vision have been created to reflect this ongoing work.
- Emphasis has been placed on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
- Living spaces have been reformed.
- Data practices for better decision-making have been enhanced.
- Stigmatizing language has been replaced with person-first language.
- Staff trainings and recruitment are improved to reflect the founding principles.
- Long-held policies and practices have been revised to recognize common humanity. This involves an approach that is non-adversarial, with staff and residents working collaboratively to model problem-solving, community building, and healthy interactions with others.
The transformation to the Maine Model of Corrections will lead to a stronger, healthier, and more meaningful environment for staff, residents, and clients, without compromising the importance of public safety. Working closely with victim service organizations and community partners, the Maine Department of Corrections will continue to emphasize the importance of sound community transition practices and safe Maine communities.