December 5, 2021

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Hancock County sheriff won’t let group help addicted inmates over its support for Black Lives Matter

The Hancock County sheriff last June barred a local nonprofit from working with addicted jail inmates after the group issued a statement in support of Black Lives Matter.

Sheriff Scott Kane, a Republican who has been in office since 2015, wouldn’t reconsider the move even after the group, the Ellsworth nonprofit Healthy Acadia, revised its statement to less directly address police brutality and avoid mentioning the organization that has spearheaded demonstrations across the U.S. over the past year against racial inequity.

Since then, inmates at the Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth have been without recovery coaches — peer mentors who start working with inmates while they’re incarcerated and help them navigate their recovery once they’re released. Kane said he and his staff have been working to find another group to offer the same service, but have yet to reach an agreement.

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