Lawmakers have scheduled an Oct. 25 meeting with the department to explain how it handles guardianships and how it will comply with notification requirements.
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.