As the largest jail in the State of Maine, the Cumberland County jail serves a very diverse population. Our mission is to provide a healthy, safe, secure, humane, and cost-effective environment in which to detain persons alleged or convicted of crimes
Major Tim Kortes serves as the Department's Jail Administrator, overseeing the smooth functioning of the facility. He is supported by two key individuals: Captain John Costello, responsible for operations, and Captain Erik Frigon, in charge of administrative support services. These three individuals work together to ensure the effective management of the Cumberland County Jail.
Within the department's supervisory staff, there are nine Lieutenants and twelve Sergeants, who play crucial roles in maintaining order and implementing policies within the facility. In total, the department relies on 140 staff members, consisting of both Corrections Officers and Civilians, who form the backbone of the institution.
One vital aspect of the jail's operation is its partnership with Armor Health, which provides full-time medical care. This ensures that the inmates receive the necessary medical attention throughout their confinement.
The Cumberland County Jail accommodates a current average population of 240 inmates. This sizeable number necessitates the provision of various services, including medical and mental health support, Medical Assisted Treatment, Re-Entry assistance, Food Services, and educational opportunities. These offerings aim to support and rehabilitate inmates during their time in custody, preparing them for a successful transition back into society upon release.
Despite its average population, the jail has a rated capacity of 570 inmates. In 2022, the facility processed a total of 3,329 inmates, highlighting the importance of efficient systems and services to manage the significant inflow and outflow of prisoners.
The Administrative Support Services Division offers a range of programs and services to inmates. These include religious services, Alcoholics Anonymous, and Narcotics Anonymous meetings, catering to the diverse needs of the incarcerated population. Additionally, a dedicated Re-Entry and Reintegration team strives to assist inmates in achieving success after their release.
Maine Pre-Trial Services and Alternative Sentencing programs are other vital components of the Department's operations. These initiatives play a critical role in addressing the issues surrounding pre-trial detainees and exploring alternatives to traditional sentencing methods.
On the other hand, the Operations Division is responsible for maintaining the security of the facility. They also oversee the food service unit, ensuring that the inmates receive proper nutrition during their stay.
Overall, the Cumberland County Jail operates on multiple fronts, from security and medical care to rehabilitation and reintegration services. The facility is PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) certified and accredited through the American Correctional Association as well as the National Commission on Correctional Health Care. The Cumberland County Jail remains committed to the well-being and successful reintegration of inmates into society while upholding the principles of justice and public safety.
For more information, contact the Office of the Jail Administrator.