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Portland Screening

Screening equipment at the Cumberland County Courthouse.

In 2003, the Homeland Security Bond Bill made it possible to purchase entry screening machines.

In 2005, the Legislature authorized additional court security positions for entry screening for FY'06. However, due to budget cuts, the Judicial Branch was unable to fill those positions. In addition, resource limitations caused several sheriff’s departments to terminate contracts for the provision of security within courthouses.

In 2008, due to budget restrictions security was reduced; entry screening was performed on approximately 500 court days at various courthouses throughout the State. Despite the reduction, over 149, 000 individuals were screened and over 300 problem incidents were safely resolved.