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Knox, Waldo counties announce shared jail administration

By Stephen Betts | Jun 13, 2019
Photo by: Stephen Betts Waldo County Sheriff Jeffrey Trafton, left; Jail Administrator Raymond Porter, center; and Knox County Sheriff Tim Carroll announced the joint jail administration June 13.

Rockland — Neighbors Knox and Waldo counties will be sharing jail services, the two sheriffs announced Thursday, in an effort to rehabilitate inmates and save taxpayers money.

The Knox County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday, June 11, for the agreement. Waldo County commissioners approved the collaborative venture earlier, on May 2.

"The unified correctional administrator will coordinate the correctional operations for both Knox and Waldo County, creating a progressively efficient, fiscally responsible regional correction system," the two sheriffs announced in a news release and at a joint June 13 news conference.

Waldo County Corrections Administrator Major Raymond Porter will serve in the position beginning July 1.

Both counties are unique, Knox County Sheriff Tim Carroll and Waldo County Sheriff Jeffrey Trafton stated at the news conference. Waldo County operates a full-service men's re-entry center and Knox operates a traditional jail.

"It is our belief that this county collaboration along with the relationships we share with organizations such as Maine Pretrial Services, Volunteers of America, the Restorative Justice Project, the Maine Department of Corrections, the faith-based and medical community community will allow us to reduce bed days across the system, better utilize one another's strengths and reduce recidivism," the sheriffs said.

This will be the only arrangement of its kind in the state, they said.

Sheriff Trafton pointed out that years ago, Waldo County was incarcerating 60 to 70 people a day on average. Now, through diversion programs, those numbers of Waldo County residents are down to the low 20s.

"Warehousing people just does not work," Trafton said. He said the community realizes that as well.

Trafton said that, over the past decade, the county has learned that people can be rehabilitated, making them productive citizens, while saving money for taxpayers.

This effort is also needed to address the opiate addiction crisis, the sheriffs said.

Knox, Waldo counties announce shared jail administration
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Comments (4)
Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Jun 14, 2019 13:42

Seeing this article reminds me of many other heroes have had the honor to come in contact over the years who work in the  corrections department. Major Porter was one of them way back when Yokefellow House was in existence; along with Sheriff Davey and Cindy Gardner. Their vision for slowing down the recidivism rate has never diminished. Looking forward to future news as things progress.

Posted by: from the kitchen | Jun 14, 2019 12:34

Followed the Waldo County Sheriff Transport van from city up to the work release veggie farm in  Swanville the other day. 50-55 mph on Mill Lane. Looked like Bo Duke going over the speed bump. Must be nice to be above the law.

Posted by: Judith H Olson | Jun 14, 2019 08:11

WOW!! is right....."Knox County operates a traditional jail" - - - - Knox County Jail is severely lacking in the Administrative department and is unnecessarily costing taxpayers hundred of thousands of dollars that may as well be flushed down the toilet. The place is out of control and has no intelligent leadership.

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Jun 13, 2019 15:02


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