LaFountain bill to enhance corrections officers training signed into law by Governor

Posted: July 18, 2023 | Criminal Justice and Public Safety, Senator LaFountain

AUGUSTA —Sen. Dave LaFountain’s bill, LD 42, “An Act Regarding Training for Corrections Officers,” has been signed into law by Gov. Janet Mills. This new law enhances the training and certifications for corrections officers. 

“This new law provides the Department of Corrections flexibility over their trainings to ensure their officers are in compliance to work with both adult and juvenile inmates,” said Sen. LaFountain. “This is in the best interest of overall safety for both staff and inmates. I was glad to work with the department to get this legislation across the finish line.” 

Sen. Dave LaFountain

LD 42 aims to improve the training and certification standards for both adult and juvenile corrections officers, ensuring the highest level of compliance and competence in the state’s correctional facilities. This law also focuses on mental health training for staff to be better equipped to work with inmates struggling with mental health issues.

By implementing robust training and certification standards, Maine’s correctional system aims to enhance the quality of its services by improving outcomes for incarcerated individuals and providing a safer environment for all.

This law will go into effect 90 days after the Legislature adjourns sine die.