State Criminal Justice Profile


BJA Investments

In Fiscal Year 2014, BJA provided more than $2 million* in state and local funds to Maine.

Justice Assistance Grant Program—State Formula $991,994
Justice Assistance Grant Program—7 Local Awards $315,681
Other Direct Discretionary Funds $1,472,546

Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance
*This amount does not include funding for national training and technical assistance programs that benefit all states and territories.

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Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—State Formula

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
State of Maine 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Maine Department of Public Safety JAG Program $991,994

Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—Local Awards

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
City of Bangor 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 JAG Program–Penobscot County $25,229
City of Biddeford 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Providing Our Communities With the Best Resources Possible $62,753
City of Lewiston 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Law Enforcement Support Systems $48,408
City of Portland 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Equipment, Technology, and Training to Enhance Law Enforcement $110,008
City of Saco 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Warrant Service Team Equipment Initiative $13,831
City of Waterville 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Waterville, Augusta, and Kennebec County FY 2014 JAG $42,902
City of Westbrook 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Westbrook Police Department Tough Tablet Program $12,550

Other Direct Discretionary Funds

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Cumberland County 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016 Cumberland County Project Reentry $572,524
Finance Authority of Maine 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 Maine FY 2014 John R. Justice Program $30,857
Maine Department of Corrections 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 Enhancing Fidelity to Evidence-Based Models $573,620
Maine Department of Health and Human Services 10/01/2014 – 03/31/2016 Enhancing Maine’s Prescription Monitoring Program $215,152
State of Maine 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Maine FY 2014 Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners (RSAT) Program $45,277
State of Maine 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 Video Monitoring of Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Investigations and Cross-Gender Transports and Searches $35,116

Law Enforcement Agencies and Officers

Law Enforcement Agencies: 132

Sworn Officers: 2,243

City     County     Tribal     State*     Other

Source: FBI Uniform Crime Report (2013)

  • More than 94% of the 132 law enforcement agencies in Maine have 50 or fewer sworn officers.
  • Nearly 21% of sworn officers work for agencies with 100 or more officers.
Note: Detail may sum to more than 100% due to rounding.

Officer Fatalities and Assaults

Between 2004 and 2013, no officers were feloniously killed (0 in 2013) and 1 officer was accidentally killed in the line of duty. In 2013, 187 officers were assaulted (0.38% of all officers assaulted in the United States).

Crime Trends

According to the FBI Annual Report, nationwide violent crime in 2013 decreased more than 4% from the 2012 estimates. Below are the current crime trends for Maine*:

Crime 2012 2013
Violent Crime 1,631 1,718
Murder and Manslaughter 25 24
Forcible Rape** 372 791
Robbery 423 335
Aggravated Assault 811 912
Property Crime 33,361 30,447
Burglary 7,461 6,483
Larceny-Theft 24,905 23,050
Motor Vehicle Theft 995 914
*Because of changes in the state/local agency’s reporting practices, figures are not comparable to previous years’ data.
**Agencies within this state submitted rape data according to both the revised UCR definition of rape and the legacy UCR definition of rape.

Arrest Data

In 2013, total arrests (49,548) decreased 2.95% from 2012. Violent-crime arrests increased 4.94% (808), and property-related arrests decreased 6.19% (7,749).
Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reports

Court Structure

Court of Last Resort:    Supreme Judicial Court
General Jurisdiction:    Superior Court; District Court


Prisoner Admissions: 929
Prisoner Releases: 971
Total Prisoners: 2,173

Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics (2013)

Major Correctional Facilities: 6

Source: Maine Department of Corrections

Recidivism Rate*: 22.4%

Source: University of Southern Maine Muskie School of Public Service
*Recidivism rate reflects the percentage of offenders released from prison who return to prison within 3 years.

Top Offenses: Drugs, sex offenses, burglary (FY 2013)

Source: University of Southern Maine Muskie School of Public Service

Regional Informations Sharing Systems® (RISS)

The New England State Police Information Network (NESPIN), a RISS Center, serves Maine. There are 140 Maine criminal justice agencies that are members of NESPIN.
Source: Regional Information Sharing Systems

Seal of Maine


In Maine, Byrne JAG state funding has assisted with numerous innovative initiatives and supports:

  • Development of a statewide training and records system, including an infrastructure for storing licensing and training records. The records will be hosted and managed by the Maine Criminal Justice Academy (MCJA) for every correctional officer, law enforcement officer, and dispatcher within the state. The database will allow every Maine criminal justice agency to store and access local training records, including training taken at MCJA.

  • Targeting, by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, of prescription drug abuse and related crime in three rural counties. This effort will focus on nonmedical prescription drug use and related criminal activity that has impacted the public safety and health of three rural counties, thereby improving the capacity of drug law enforcement on prescription drug diversion within these counties.

Source: National Criminal Justice Association

PDF IconDetails on Maine’s priorities and planning process

State Administering Agency (SAA)

Maine Department of Public Safety John E. Morris, Commissioner

Maine At-A-Glance

Total Population: 1,328,302
Population Under 18: 261,276
Population Over 65: 235,067

Source: U.S. Census (2013 est.)

State Investigative Agency:
Maine Office of the Attorney General Janet T. Mills, Attorney General

Local Governments: 840
Source: U.S. Census (2012)

Federally Recognized Tribes: 5
Source: Bureau of Indian Affairs

U.S. Attorneys’ Office: Thomas Edward Delahanty II—District of Maine, Portland Source: U.S. Department of Justice

Homeland Security Agency: Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management Brigadier General Doug A. Farnham, Commissioner

Drug Courts: 10
Source: National Drug Court Resource Center