Top corrections official: Maine's county jail system faces $2.5M deficit this year


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FARMINGTON, Maine — A top State Board of Corrections official says the Maine county jail system is facing a $2.5 million budget shortfall this year.

The comment from executive director Ryan Thornell came in response to a decision by Franklin County Commissioners on Tuesday to reject a $50,000 increase in its assessment from the state.

Thornell said the county's reduced payment is the least of its problems in light of the $2.5 million shortfall, which stems from a series of revenue problems, including a projected $500,000 decline in payments by the federal government for federal inmates held in county jails.

The Morning Sentinel ( ) reports that Thornell says the counties have little alternative than to engage in deficit spending to run the state's 15 county jails.

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