Lawmakers have scheduled an Oct. 25 meeting with the department to explain how it handles guardianships and how it will comply with notification requirements.
Samantha Hogan focuses on government accountability projects for The Maine Monitor. She joined the newsroom as its first full-time reporter in 2019 with Report for America. Samantha was named the 2021 Maine’s Journalist of the Year by the Maine Press Association, and spent 2020 reporting on Maine’s court system through the ProPublica Local Reporting Network. Her reporting on county jails recording and listening to attorney-client phone calls won the Silver Gavel award from the American Bar Association and was also a semi-finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting in 2023. Samantha previously worked for The Frederick News-Post and interned twice for The Washington Post.
The lawmakers say "tragic" deaths uncovered by a Maine Monitor investigation show the need for an independent inspector general and advocacy office.
Underfunded system negatively affects attorneys and indigent defendants in Maine, report says.
Justice Michaela Murphy says proposed agreement in ACLU’s lawsuit would not be “judicially enforceable."
York County officials were ordered to release records originally requested in June 2021 by The Maine Monitor.
A state senator says the unexplained deaths are of "grave concern" and calls for greater accountability.
A proposed agreement urges for more public defenders and sets new standards for defense lawyers.