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Department of Corrections

 Record Group
Identifier: US-MeSA-03

Scope and Contents

The Maine State Archives (MSA) collects and holds the permanent historical records of the Maine State Government. MSA was created in 1965. By 1971, MSA housed the historical records that had been held by the Secretary of State, Legislature, Courts and Executive Departments. This included records from defunct agencies.

With the implementation of a records management system, groups of records were identified as having permanent historical value and were sent to the Archives after a designated period of time. These included Commissioner/Executive correspondence, meeting minutes from Boards and Commissions, as well as department-specific records.


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Biographical / Historical


The Department of Corrections is responsible for the planning, direction and management of adult and juvenile correctional facilities, community corrections and other correctional programs within the state. The department administers the state's correctional facilities, provides for the safety of staff and clients, undertakes appropriate programming for the classification, education, rehabilitation and maintenance of clients and assures an effective system for the supervision of parolees and probationers. The department is responsible for the direction and administration of the Maine State Prison, the Maine Correctional Center, the Charleston Correctional Facility, Long Creek Youth Development Center, Mountain View Youth Development Center, the Downeast Correctional Facility, Bolduc Correctional Facility, and the Southern Maine Reentry Center. The department also administers community corrections programs for adult and juvenile probationers.

The department is authorized to establish and maintain programs, inside and outside of correctional facilities that provide rehabilitation services and opportunities for clients. The Department of Corrections may provide or assist in the provision of correctional services throughout the State as authorized by Maine law, and the department is responsible for setting standards and inspection of municipal and county jails.


The Department of Corrections was created by the Legislature in 1981 to improve the administration of correctional facilities, programs and services for committed offenders.

In 2008, the department reorganized internally to establish a division of juvenile services and a division of adult services. The institutional and community corrections functions are now included in the juvenile or adult divisions.

In 2007, in response to the increasing prisoner population and the lack of adequate housing capacity within the state's correctional facilities, the department opened the Women's Reentry Center in Bangor and contracted to house state prisoners in county jails. In the summer of 2012, the Women's Re-entry Center moved to Alfred, Maine. In the 2008, the Legislature created a Board of Corrections to oversee the adult correctional services administered by the department and the county jails with the goal of establishing a unified corrections system.

In 2011, the department reorganized itself again, establishing a division of quality assurance, a director of security and an industries director in order to provide more efficient and effective programs and services.

Maine State Government Annual Report 2013-2014


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Repository Details

Part of the Maine State Archives Repository

84 State House Station
Augusta Maine 04333