Corrections Working Group

Members

Name Position
Commissioner Joseph Ponte* Commissioner, MDOC
Robert Devlin* County Administrator, Kennebec County Office
Scott Adkins Financial Director, Penbscot County Jail
David Allen Unit Manager, Maine State Prison
Scott Ferguson Director, Corrections Service Center, MDOC
Betsy Fitzgerald County Manager, Washington County
Sheriff Joel Merry Sagadahoc County Sheriff's Office
Hamilton Meserve County Commissioner, Lincoln County
Ralph Nichols Director of Internal Operations, MDOC
Captain Ed Quinn Jail Administrator, Oxford County Jail

* Co-chairs

Corrections Working Group Responsibilities

The commissioner, the president of a statewide county commissioners association and the president of a statewide sheriffs association shall develop a memorandum of understanding for approval by the Board that establishes an informal corrections working group consisting of representatives of the department, sheriffs and county commissioners.

The commissioner, the president of a statewide county commissioners association and the president of a statewide sheriffs association shall name 2 cochairs to convene and lead the working group. One chair must represent the department and one chair must represent county government. The cochairs shall select the remaining members of the working group based on criteria established by the parties in the memorandum of understanding.

The corrections working group shall meet as needed and as requested by either one or both cochairs to engage in information sharing and to discuss and resolve any issues or problems experienced in daily operation of the unified correctional system, including the placement of inmates.

The group shall advise and assist the Board in the ongoing improvement of the unified correctional system. In carrying out this function, the working group may consult with experts and stakeholders, including but not limited to prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, victim advocates, providers and advocates for persons with mental illness and other interested parties. If an issue arises that cannot be responded to by the working group, the board shall meet to review the issue. The working group shall report to the Board.