The designation of not less than one individual who shall coordinate an effective monitoring system that achieves and sustains compliance with the Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention core requirements. This individual shall certify whether the State is in compliance with the core requirements and providing training and technical assistance on the core requirements to secure facilities, municipal police departments, county courts and jails.
The commissioner shall establish standards, pursuant to the Maine Administrative Procedure Act, Title 5, chapter 375, for county and municipal jails, holding facilities and short-term detention areas, referred to in this section as county and municipal detention facilities, as follows and shall enforce them. [PL 1983, c. 581, §§10, 59 (NEW).]
1. Establishment. The commissioner shall establish both mandatory and desirable standards for all county and municipal detention facilities, setting forth requirements for maintaining safe, healthful and secure facilities [PL 1983, c. 581, §§10, 59 (NEW).]
2. Inspections. Inspections of county and municipal detention facilities are governed as follows.
A. The commissioner shall conduct a comprehensive inspection of each county and municipal detention facility every 2 years, in order to provide the department with information, verified by on-site inspection, regarding compliance with all department standards. The commissioner may dispense with this inspection if, when it is due, the facility is accredited by a nationally recognized correctional accrediting body. [PL 2013, c. 27, §1 (AMD).]
B. The commissioner shall conduct every 2 years no fewer than 3 inspections of each county and municipal detention facility that are in addition to any comprehensive inspections conducted pursuant to paragraph A in order to determine continued compliance with standards. [PL 2013, c. 27, §2 (AMD).]
C. The commissioner may inspect a county or municipal detention facility at any time, without prior notice, to determine compliance with standards. [PL 1983, c. 581, §§10, 59 (NEW).]