Prison Overcrowding: Maine

Below is a summary of information including: statistics from Maine’s Department of Corrections, an overview of the state’s corrections system, as well as helpful references and points of contact.

Facts and Figures FY 2007

DOC COSTS

  • Annual expenditures – $144 million
  • Percentage of the state general fund – 4.6%
  • Average annual cost per inmate – $43,613

DOC POPULATION

  • Total number of adult facilities – 6
  • Arrests 2007 – 49,031
  • Population incarcerated (prisons) – 2,222
  • Population incarcerated (jails) – 1,838
  • Share of adults – 1 in 226
  • Prisons compete with private-industry – Yes

Organization of state divisions, view here.

PAROLE/PROBATION

  • Parole Population – 338
  • Probation Population – 7,909

OVERCROWDING QUICK FACTS

  • Maine has the lowest state prison incarceration rate per capita in the nation: In 2007,Maine’s 159 inmates per 100,000 residents was the lowest rate in the country. This is three times lower than the national average.
  • Yet from 2006 to 2007, Maine’s prison population grew an estimated 4.6%. This rate is the seventh fastest growth in the country, and surpasses the national average of 1.8%.
  • Maine spends less than most states on corrections: In 2007, Maine spent $144 million on corrections—ranking fifth lowest in the nation at 2.0 percent of total expenditures, significantly lower than the national average of 3.4 percent in 2007.

POINTS OF CONTACT

Department of Corrections Contacts

Organization of DOC Executive Staff, view here.

HELPFUL LINKS

Maine Department of Corrections

Annual Report

See also:

Ohio Prison Overcrowding