Cumberland County Jail

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Cumberland County Jail
Location 50 County Way, Portland, Maine 04102
Coordinates 43°39′04″N 70°16′54″W / 43.65111°N 70.28167°W / 43.65111; -70.28167Coordinates: 43°39′04″N 70°16′54″W / 43.65111°N 70.28167°W / 43.65111; -70.28167
Status Operational
Capacity 600
Opened 1994
Closed N/A
Managed by Cumberland County Sheriff's Office
Director Sheriff Kevin Joyce

The Cumberland County Jail is located in Portland, Maine, and is the largest jail in the state. The jail, a division of the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, is a part of Cumberland County government and is wholly operated by the elected Sheriff.[1] In 2002 it became the first jail in the state of Maine to receive national accreditation from the American Correctional Association, at the time putting it among only 4% of adult correctional facilities in the USA to have been so accredited.[2] It has the capacity to accommodate 600 inmates, and employs over 200 staff (including 130 Corrections Officers). Most inmates are serving short sentences or awaiting trial.[3][4][5][6]

The modern cell blocks of the county jail.


  1. ^ Vergil L. Williams, Dictionary of American Penology. Greenwood Publishing, 1996, p. 148. ISBN 0-313-26689-1.
  2. ^ Corrections Today, June 1, 2002.
  3. ^ "Cumberland County Sheriff Nixes Jail Consolidation". Retrieved 2008-02-06. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Lifting the spirits of souls behind bars". Portland Press Herald. Retrieved 2008-02-07. [dead link]
  5. ^ "CCJ Homepage". Archived from the original on 2008-02-02. Retrieved 2008-02-06. 
  6. ^ Silberman, Todd. "Long-Term Inmates Add To County Jail Crowding". Fayetteville Observer. Retrieved 2008-02-06. 

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