Baldacci says jail costs rising more slowly

Posted Aug. 16, 2009, at 11:27 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. John Baldacci says expenses for Maine’s county jails are growing at less than 1 percent, compared with 9 percent in past years.

The slower rise in costs has come since a state Board of Corrections was created to oversee spending at Maine’s jails and institute economies to save money.

On Friday, Baldacci held a ceremonial bill signing for a law that further streamlines programs and services offered by the county jails and the state Department of Corrections. It expands victim notification requirements, modernizes the county jails’ home release program and clarifies the board’s budget review process.

The bill takes effect Sept. 12.