BANGOR, Maine — Corrections officials have launched an online database giving the public information about the 9,600 adults who are in prison and on probation in Maine.

The Maine Department of Corrections says the goal is to heighten public awareness about who’s in prison and who’s been released from custody while reducing the workload for department employees who handle information requests.

Prisoner advocates say the database is a scary tool that might hinder probationers from resuming normal lives in their communities.

The Bangor Daily News says about 7,000 of those listed in the database are living in Maine on probation, with the remainder in prison.

The searchable database can be located at the Corrections Department’s website at maine.gov/corrections.

 


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