Oxford County, Maine

Bill to return jail control   to counties faces hurdles

County rejects deputy wage    recommendation

Enacted 2015 county budget

County considers closing    regional Airport

county deeds return home

Funding standoff may    force return of inmates

Cost to restore jail to full    time pegged at $1.4 million

Cumberland county jail may    have to turn away inmates

Commissoners 2015 meeting    schedule

County continues jail    payments to state

$6.58 million budget ok'd

Registry of Deeds office    going digital

County given land near    regional airport

County switching deeds    records company

 911 dispatch - the glue    that  binds emergency    services

County tax levy by towns

Oxford County jail gets perfect inspection score

by Christopher Crosby, Staff Writer Sun Journal March 18, 2014

PARIS — The Oxford County Jail passed a state inspection, extending its license for another two years even as long-term discussions over its mission remain unresolved.

In a memo, jail Administrator Capt. Edward Quinn, who presented the findings to county officials Tuesday morning, wrote that the perfect rating was due to the diligence of the staffs' daily routine.

McAllister named Maine Deputy of the Year

by Christopher Crosby, Staff Writer Sun Journal March 19, 2014

PARIS — An Oxford County Sheriff's deputy has been recognized as the best in the state by her colleagues.Christina McAllister

Christina McAllister, 38, a resource officer for Regional School Unit 55 in Hiram, has been named Deputy of the Year by the Maine Sheriffs' Association for her work as an educational advocate. 

"It's an honor. I'm still taking it all in. I couldn't have gotten it without my mother — she's the reason I am the way I am — or the people in the Sheriff's Department. They make me the way I am," McAllister said.

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Released on Monday, the inspection report by the Maine Department of Corrections found the facility clean and in compliance with all state statutes. 

Jails must fully comply with all state statutes in order to receive licensing. The report, which catalogs everything from evacuation plans to cleanliness and the ambient temperature of each room, is conducted every two years. The report included a certificate authorizing the jail to hold up to 27 inmates until March 31, 2017. 

The inspection comes amid discussions over the long-term future of the state's jail system. As a 72-hour holding facility, the county jail transports any inmates who either cannot post or are denied bail to jails in Portland, Wiscasset or Auburn. 

By the summer, that situation could begin to change.

When Maine's 15 county jails were consolidated in 2008, Oxford County Jail was downgraded from full-time to a temporary holding facility.

Funding for the entire system was split between the counties and the state, with three counties, including Oxford, making payments to the state, and others receiving funding from the Board of Corrections, which was formed to oversee system.

At the same time, jail funding was capped at 2009 levels, effectively flat-funding the system, with the state making up the difference.

However, costs have risen and the Board of Corrections, designated to appropriate jail funding, doesn't have enough members to meet, resulting in a $2.5 million shortfall. An emergency stop-gab bill has since been approved.

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