Eyewitness Identification Reform

Maine has no eyewitness identification reform policy.

Recording of Interrogations

Maine law requires that the Board of Trustees of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy establish minimum standards for a law enforcement policy of electronically recording interrogations and that Maine law enforcement agencies certify that they have adopted policies and provided training. Effective: 2005; Amended most recently: 2013.

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Post Conviction DNA Testing

A person who has been convicted of and sentenced for a crime under Maine state law that carries the potential punishment of imprisonment of at least one year and for which the person is in actual execution of either a sentence of imprisonment, including parole, or a sentencing alternative may file a petition for DNA testing. Effective: 2001; Amended most recently: 2011.

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Evidence Preservation

State statute requires the automatic preservation of biological evidence collected in relation to any crime that carries the potential punishment of at least one year imprisonment. The evidence will be preserved for the length of an individual’s incarceration. Effective: 2001; Amended most recently: 2013.

Maine's statute meets the best practices standards outlined by the NIST Technical Working Group on Biological Evidence Preservation.

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Exoneree Compensation

Any person with a pardon of innocence is eligible for up to $300,000. Effective: 1993

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