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.
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.
Alternative Sentencing Program
The Alternative Sentencing is a Restorative Justice/Jail Diversion program where non-violent, sentenced offenders (most often those with OUI charges) serve the equivalent of their sentence at a safe, non-jail location. Inmates stay on-site and perform 7-8 hours of community service per day and attend 2-3 hours of substance abuse and cognitive behavioral education each night.
Offenders sentenced to 3 days will attend the First Offender program for a total of 48 hours. All other offenders will attend the Second Offender program for 7 days. Offenders must be sentenced to 14 days or less to qualify for the program and be approved for participation by Volunteers of America at least 30 days before the program start date.
All programs have a fee for participation. See our Fee Schedule below for pricing and email Brandee Trask for more information: Brandee.Trask@voanne.org
Offenders bring their own bedding, clothing, and personal care items. Beds and food are provided. All program sites are heated, with hot water and approved kitchens.
Any questions about this program please call Brandee Trask at (207) 941-9450 or email her at Brandee.Trask@voanne.org
Penobscot County Alternative Sentencing Program Rules
- You may not leave your assigned area without permission from staff.
- No smoking, except in outside areas with staff supervision. 48 Hour only programs have NO SMOKING ALLOWED.
- No possession of contraband i.e. alcohol/weapons/drugs/pornography
- You must report for all head counts.
- You must not interfere during head counts.
- You may not refuse to follow reasonable directives from staff.
- You must take your medications only as they are prescribed.
- You must be respectful to all staff, educators, and other participants.
- You must attend all scheduled education.
- You must participate in daily community service.
- You must shower at least once daily.
- You may not enter opposite gendered sleeping areas.
- You may not enter the kitchen area without permission from staff.
- You may not attempt to exercise control over another participant or staff.
- No touching, hugging, or other physical contact between participants, with the exception of handshakes.
- Phone calls will be made during free time only. Phones will be held by staff in a lockbox until phone time.
- Lights on and wake up are at 6:00 AM.
- Lights out is at 10:30 PM
Any infraction of the above rules could result in my being returned to the county jail in the county I was sentenced. I also understand that I may be required to fulfill the entire sentence I was given, absent the good time allowed for ASP participation if I am returned to jail.
If I become ill or injured during the service of a sentence through the Alternative Sentencing Program, I may be responsible for medical expenses incurred.
In the event of an emergency, I authorize Volunteers of America, or their representative, to contact an emergency contact person of my choice.
Alternative Sentencing Programs Fee Schedule
48 Hours/First Offender Program (Sentenced in Penobscot County): $200
48 Hours/First Offender Program (Sentenced in any other County) $250
7 Days/Second Offender Program (Sentenced in any County): $475
Money must be received at least 30 days prior to the program start date. A late fee of $25 will be charged to anyone making payment after the cutoff date. Payment arrangements are available; please email Brandee.Trask@voanne.org for more information.