Corrections commissioner accepts New York City post
Augusta — Maine Department of Corrections Commissioner Joseph Ponte has accepted a position as New York City’s Department of Correction Commissioner.
The city of New York Office of the Mayor’s press release announcing Commissioner Ponte’s appointment said, “As Commissioner of the Maine DOC, Ponte instituted reforms that reduced the use of solitary confinement by two-thirds, and completely eliminated the use of disciplinary segregation for people identified as mentally ill. He will be charged with overhauling the city’s corrections system: ending the overuse of solitary confinement, curtailing officers’ use of excessive force, and improving resources to handle the mentally ill.”
Neither a new Maine Department of Corrections Commissioner, nor an acting Department of Corrections Commissioner has been announced.