State Board of Corrections (dissolved)

Purpose of the board

The purpose of the board is to promote public safety, establish a unified, efficient jail system that encourages collaboration among the counties, the department and the judical branch, and develop and implement a coordinated correctional system that demonstrates sound fiscal management, achieves efficiencies, reduces recidivism and ensures the safety and security of correctional staff, inmates, visitors, volunteers and surrounding communities.

**The State Board of Corrections was dissolved in 2015**  The authorizing legislation was repealed.

Additionally, the purpose of the board included the following:

A.. Promote public safety;
B. Establish a unified, efficient jail system that encourages collaboration among the counties, the department and the judicial branch; and
C. Develop and implement a coordinated correctional system that demonstrates sound fiscal management, achieves efficiencies, reduces recidvisim and ensures the safety and security of correctional staff, inmates, visitors, volunteers and surounding communities.

Goals of the board

The board shall develop goals to guide the development of and evaluate the effectiveness of a unified correctional system. The board shall present its goals for review and approval by the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over criminal justice and public safety matters. The goals must include benchmarks for performance in the following areas:

A. Recidivism reduction;
B. Pretrial diversion;
C. Rate of incarceration;
D. Standardization of practices, equipment, professionalism of personnel, programs and policies statewide among the counties;
E. Efficiencies and economies of scale through consolidated purchases of goods and services;
F. Establishment of regional authorities to promote the goals pursuant to this subsections;
G. Establishment of common accounting practices, codfications and reporting formats and standardized performance metrics;
H. Establishment of a common, prioritized long term capital improvement budget;
I. Addressing mental health and substance abuse programs among inmates;
J. Efforts made toward equality in the burden of criminal justice-related costs of the coordinated correctional system on taxpayers statewide; and
K. Examination and implementation of best practices used at the national level.

Responsibilities and duties

The board is charged with the following responsibilities and duties:

  1. Manage the cost of corrections;  
  2. Determine correctional facility use and purpose;
  3. Adopt treatment standards and policies;  
  4. Adopt and enforce standards of efficiency;
  5. certificate of need; 
  6. Administrative duties; and
  7. Receive and review recommendations.

Members

Composition of the State Board of Corrections

The board consists of 5 members who are appointed by the Governor. Each appointment is subject to review by the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over criminal justice and public safety matters and to confirmation by the Senate, except those members appointed pursuant to paragraph C. The following provisions govern member qualifications:

  • One member must be a sheriff nominated by a statewide organization sheriffs;
  • One member must be a county commissioner nominated by a statewide organization representing county commissioners;
  • Two members must be representatives of the executive branch and at least one of the 2 must be from the department; and
  • One member must be broadly representive of the public. The member appointed under this paragraph may not be an elected state or county official or municipal officer and may not derive income in substantial portion from work as an employee of state, county, or municipal government or in the field of corrections.
Name Title/Position Nominating Authority Location
Carleon Barnes, Jr. Consultant & Manager Governor Calais, ME
Amy Fowler Commissioner, Waldo County Maine County Commissioner Association Palermo, ME
Joel Merry, Chairperson Sheriff, Sagadahoc County Maine Sheriffs' Association West Bath, ME

Ryan Thornell Executive Director Board of Corrections  
Mallory Pollard Financial Analyst Board of Corrections  

2015 State Board of Correcton Committee Membership