Maine: An Encyclopedia
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Crime

Capital Punishment

was abolished in 1876, restored in 1883, and abolished again in 1887, although attempts to restore it have continued to the present. (Michigan was the first state to do so, in 1847.) Nevertheless, Maine has one of the lowest murder … Continue reading

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Crime

Violent Crime by Month 1994-2011

Major crime in Maine has decreased from 30.8 offenses per 1,000 population in 1998 to 27.5 in 2011. However, since 2004 the rate has increased slightly. See how Maine ranks among states on crime rates. The Maine Department of Public … Continue reading

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Crime, Murder

Murderer-Victim Relationship 1995-2004

Rate/100000 Year Murders Maine U.S. 1980 32 2.8 10.2 1981 36 3.2 9.8 1982 24 2.1 9.1 1983 24 2.1 8.3 1984 20 1.7 7.9 1985 28 2.4 7.9 1986 22 1.9 8.6 1987 30 2.5 8.3 1988 37 3.1 … Continue reading

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Crime, Rape

Rape Reported and Arrests 1991-2013

Reported rape increased from an average of 294 in 1991-1995 to 376 in 2009-2013. Looking at trends, from 1980 to 2010 (see Index Crimes) the number of reported rapes varied widely through an annual range of 145 to nearly 400. … Continue reading

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Crime, Weapons

Use of Guns Violent Acts 2005-2009

The use of weapons in crimes and other violent acts varies with the acts involved. However, the proportion used in particular types (murder, robbery, etc.) has remained relatively constant in recent years. The reporting categories of “hands, fists, feet” dominate … Continue reading

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Crimes, Index

Murders 1980-2013

As the graphs below indicate, both violent and non-violent crime have been decreasing in frequency since 1980, with a slight increase since 2005. The number of crimes in 2013, compared to the 1980 figures, declined 22% for violent offenses and … Continue reading

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Crimes, Notorious

Maine has had its share of notorious crimes, such as the 2003 mass poisoning in New Sweden. The Brady Gang was responsible for another. Its career ended in Bangor on October 12, 1937. Here is an excerpt from the Federal … Continue reading

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Maine U.S. Marshals

Mane had U.S. Marshals even before it became a state. From a letter to U.S. Senators Edward M. Kennedy and John F. Kerry, on their request, from the U.S. General Accounting Office in 2003: The U.S. Marshal Service was created … Continue reading

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Rank of Maine, Public Safety

Maine ranks very low in crime and prisoner incarcerations. With respect to crime rates, the Morgan Quitno Press, which produces state-by-state rankings on a variety of subjects, produced rankings of the “safest states” based on a formula that measures how … Continue reading

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