Program Division

Inmates who have been of good behavior and have met certain criteria have opportunities to participate in inmate work crews, work release, inmate helper programs, and in-house programs. During the past decade, inmates have provided over one-quarter million dollars’ worth of labor to non-profit agencies in projects, such as cemetery clean up, brush cutting, painting, roadside cleanup, and more. Inmates have helped restore buildings, such as the Curran Homestead, the Bangor Historical Society, Eastern Area Agency on Aging, Boy Scouts of America (Camp Roosevelt), libraries, schools, and fire departments.

Education Program

The Education Program currently makes roadside signs at reduced rates to help communities mark their roads in compliance with the 911 standards. For more information about our 911 signs, please go to our TRIAD page.

Through a partnership with Bangor Adult Education teachers at the jail help inmates achieve their GED through the Plato learning system. Sixteen inmates earned their GED while incarcerated at PCJ during 2012.

The Penobscot County Jail was the recipient of the Governors service Award Recognizing thousands of hours of inmate labor to the community. Since 1989 the jail has completed an alternative OUI program where inmates paint and clean schools for reduced sentences. Over 133,000 hours of inmate labor has resulted in this program yielding over $1,197,717.43 savings to the community.

The sheriff has two inmate work crews that provide free labor to municipalities and non-profit agencies in Penobscot County. In addition inmate helpers work in the jail providing for cleaning, sewing laundry, etc. Combined, these programs resulted in over 56,000 hours of free labor to the taxpayer ($421,110.00) in 2012. Requests by municipalities and non-profit agencies can be directed to Programs Supervisor-Sgt. Laura Lebreton 947-4585. This schedule fills quickly.

Alternate Programming

The Alternate Program for First Offense OUI Offenders is an alternate sentencing option available to judges sentencing first offense OUI offenders.

This is a community based program whereby the committed offender is sentenced to three (3) days in Penobscot County Jail and approved for participation in a public works project pursuant to Title 30-A MRSA Section 1606.

The offender is housed in either a local school or a community based facility for forty-eight (48) hours. During the course of the forty-eight (48) hours; the offender will perform sixteen (16) hours of community service work and attend a seven (7) hour working seminar on alcohol abuse and its effect on the Individual, the Family and Community.

Upon successful completion of the sixteen (16) hours of community service work, the inmate will receive a one (1) day deduction off their sentence.

Pursuant to Title 17-A MRSA Section 1341 a jail reimbursement fee that MUST be paid, before the day of the program, to the County Treasurer at the Old Superior Court Building, 97 Hammond Street, Bangor, Maine 04401. See our Fee Schedule for pricing

Any questions about this program please call Sgt. Lebreton or Cpl. Buzzell at 947-4585

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