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Sheriff Lancaster would like to inform everyone that the Sheriff’s Office is taking steps to ensure the safety of our inmates and staff from the Coronavirus.  Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, in person inmate visitation has been suspended for at least the next 30 days.  Visitation via video and telephone are still available.  Those individuals that are on pretrial and alternative sentencing and report to the SCCCP Supervisor will be required to report by telephone rather than in person by calling 858-9550 or 858-9573. 

Today, May 6, 2020, the Somerset County Commissioners passed Resolution 20-076 extending the closure of County buildings to all but necessary personnel until May 20, 2020, with limited exceptions. 

Based on this Resolution and its exceptions, the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office will resume the service of civil paperwork on Thursday, May 7, 2020.  However, the lobby at the Somerset County Jail remains closed to the public, so paperwork for service will need to be mailed to the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office, 131 East Madison Road, Madison, Maine 04950.  You need to include the following: One original document and One copy for each individual to be served, a retainer fee of $70 in the form of a Money Order or Bank Check made payable to the Somerset County Treasurer, and a completed Civil Service Request Form Click for Civil Service Request Form  Once service is complete, the original(s) will be mailed back to you.  If you have any questions or issues regarding the service of paperwork, please call 858-9519.  We are not permitted to give legal advice. 

Per the emergency Order and Notice from the Maine Judicial Branch, the Court is limiting what they are holding for in person hearings.  If you are scheduled to appear in the Skowhegan District or Superior Court, you should contact the Court at 474-9518 to find out your new court date. 

We will regularly revisit these safety measures and update you on any changes on the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page and here on the website.  We are encouraging everyone to follow the CDC guidelines of washing hands, coughing into your elbow, and social distancing.”

Safety Update!
Visitors and members of the public coming into Somerset County Jail, we are currently screening with a thermometer.

As of 5/1/2020, Somerset County Jail will be color copying all incoming non-legal mail addressed to inmates.  This includes:  Written Correspondence, photos, pictures, drawings, cards, and bills.  The originals will be shredded.  If a photo or picture is of sentimental value do not send it to the inmate as the original will be shredded after copying. 
Somerset County Jail has been forced to go to this practice to limit contraband coming into the facility through the mail.  Somerset County Jail will continue to vigorously pursue anyone attempting to introduce contraband into the jail facility.   

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Somerset County Jail became nationally accredited by the American Correctional Association on August 6th, 2018. This was a two year project that would not have been possible without Sheriff Dale Lancaster's vision for the jail and the entire Jail's staff boots on the floor every day. Somerset County Jail is accredited from 2018-2021 in accordance with "Adult Local Detention Facility Standards". 

Wabi Tv 5 News about SCJ becoming nationally accredited

Having an issue with a Bail Commisioner or would like to compliment them on their service? 
Click this link on how to report this!

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On December 28,2017 Somerset County Jail became the first county jail in the state of Maine to become certified as PREA compliant as promulgated by the United States Department of Justice

The mission of the Somerset County Jail is to provide a safe, secure, and humane correctional environment for staff that work in the jail and prisoners that reside in the jail. Consistent with the mission of the Somerset County Jail, the jail maintains appropriate control of prisoners by providing various levels of security necessary to protect the public. This control is by utilizing the guiding principles of direct supervision.

The lobby now has the weather, powerpoint of information about the jail, property left behind and information about bail for those who are waiting in the lobby!

If you have not volunteered at Somerset County Jail and are interested please call
(207) 858-9566. Programs Manager Michael Welch will assist you through this process. Volunteer classes will be held here at the jail the 1st Tuesday of the month (for time please call the number above). 

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Mandalas were made in Peggy Rileys art class by Inmates. Good way for Inmates to give back and help others that might be going through tough times while incarcerated. These Madalas have been placed in our special management units.

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The Somerset County Jail knitting program is a pilot program that started approximately one year ago under the guidance of Sgt. Darlena Bugbee. The program was initiated based on research from similar evidence based programs. The first project that the knitting program participated in was Purple Hat Day, raising awareness of child abuse and neglect. Since then the program has continued to grow. Recently hats created by participants in the program were donated to homeless Veterans, local schools, and organizations assisting children. To date over 350 hats have been made by inmates participating in the knitting program.

Please take a moment to complete the Jail Postcard Project Survey.

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Security & Rehabilitation

The Somerset County Jail balances its security obligation with its obligation to promote rehabilitation by providing and implementing a comprehensive treatment plan for each offender which encourages that offender to re-enter society as a law-abiding, productive citizen. The treatment plan will include, where appropriate, educational opportunities, work release programs, anger management programs and mental health treatment.

Work Environment
The Somerset County Jail provides a work environment that emphasizes and expects teamwork, unity, respect, recognition of staff achievements and opportunities for personal and professional growth. Professionalism, integrity and adherence to the values of the Somerset County Jail are the core of the Jail’s mission.

Women's Reformatory History
Somerset County Jail is currently seeking information reference the county jail in Somerset to include the history of the Women's Reformatory. If you have information on this history please contact: Sean Maguire at the jail, 207-474-7409, ext. 2004.

Helpful Documents
Somerset County Maine Official Website

Contact Us

Somerset County
41 Court St.
Skowhegan, ME 04976
Ph: 207-474-9861
Fx: 207-474-7405
E-mail Us
Sheriff's Office
131 East Madison Road 
Madison, ME 04950 

Ph: 207-474-9861
Fx: 207-474-7402

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