Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee

Official committee webpage:


  • Maine Criminal Code
  • Maine Juvenile Code; Maine Bail Code
  • criminal law and criminal procedure
  • sentencing; Criminal Law Advisory Commission
  • Department of Public Safety
  • law enforcement
  • Criminal Justice Academy
  • victims’ rights; Department of Corrections
  • adult and juvenile corrections
  • intensive supervision
  • probation and parole
  • county jails
  • community corrections
  • Board of Corrections
  • operating under the influence
  • operating after suspension; habitual offenders
  • fire safety and arson
  • firearms
  • concealed firearms permits
  • private investigators
  • security guards
  • Maine Emergency Management Agency

Jurisdiction source: Office of Policy and Legal Analysis

Committee Members:

  • Sen. Kimberley Rosen of Hancock (R-8) — e-mail
  • Sen. David Burns of Washington (R-6) — e-mail | Twitter
  • Rep. Lori Fowle of Vassalboro (D-80) — e-mail | Twitter
  • Rep. Michel Lajoie of Lewiston (D-58) — e-mail
  • Rep. Justin Chenette of Saco (D-15) — e-mail | Twitter
  • Rep. Catherine Nadeau of Winslow (D-78) — e-mail
  • Rep. James Davitt of Hampden (D-101) — e-mail
  • Rep. Charlotte Warren of Hallowell (D-84) — e-mail | Twitter
  • Rep. Ricky Long of Sherman (R-145) — e-mail
  • Rep. Karen Gerrish of Lebanon (R-20) — e-mail
  • Rep. Timothy Theriault of China (R-79) — e-mail | Twitter
  • Rep. Michael Timmons of Cumberland (R-45) — e-mail
  • Cooperation in Committee:

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    1 Comment on "Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee"

    1. Joanne Fielding | March 24, 2016 at 9:33 am | Reply

      Dear Criminal Justice & Public Safety Chairmen

      In April 2015, I started working with my Rep. Mattie Daughtry and her asst. Dan Ankeles on a new law.
      The issue I refer to as… An Act to Prevent Interference of Custody.
      The proposal was not chosen to be a bill this year. I want to continue with the process. Can any of you help with this?

      The current state law does not appear to recognize a parent that removes a child/children out of state with shared 50/50 custody through the court system as criminal offense . Currently, this is not a criminal action. This needs to change. If a parent removes a child/children from the state against court orders. This is a civil case not criminal. So, law enforcement’s hands are tied. This will not trigger an Amber Alert. The other parent has to locate the parent and the children on their own and get them back.

      Yes, this is personal… and until it happened. We had no idea there was a gap in the law.
      This affected my son and two little boys (ages 4 & 5). Together, we located the boys in Virginia. Had to get her served through the State of Maine court system. Then wait another 6 weeks for the court date , which she never shown up for. At that point, the judge ordered the boys back to Maine and sole custody to my son. My son drove to Virginia and went through an expedite court hearing in Virginia. The local sheriff’s dept. was used to extracted the boys from that known location. Finally, the boys were back in their father’s custody. Luckily, the boys were safe.

      However, going through the court system slowed this process down by weeks. This should triggered an Amber Alert. This process should have taken days.

      Nothing happened to the mother for this civil action…

      There are many families with shared custody in this state. Due to the fact that this is not a criminal action…I cannot find information on how many children/families may have been affected. However, one family is one too many…

      Please help get this law on the books… before any child is lost, hurt, or seriously affected by the gap between civil and criminal…

      Many states have already adopted this new law to fill the gap.

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