This session, the Maine Legislature will consider LD 1765 - An Act to Establish the Criminal Law Revision Commission. If passed, this bill would create a commission to examine and revise all criminal statutes found within and outside of the Maine Criminal Code. In Maine, the last comprehensive study of our criminal laws was undertaken in the 1970s. As much has changed in our criminal justice system since that time, this is an important opportunity for us to not only re-examine our laws but also fundamentally re-align our criminal justice priorities.
As I write this blog, I’m gazing across the Saint John River onto the beautiful snowy slopes of the Canadian countryside. My location is Madawaska, a picturesque little community that proudly calls itself “the most northeastern town in the United States.” While one could certainly ...more