Mountain View Youth Development Center
Lawrence Austin, Superintendent
1182 Dover Road
Charleston, Maine 04422
Tel: (207) 285-0880 Fax: (207) 285-0836
Boyd Kronholm, Deputy Superintendent Operations
Gerald Merrill, Deputy Superintendent Support Services
Population Capacity: 133
Population Served: Detained and “shock sentenced” male and female juveniles 11-21 years of age and committed males 11-21.
Number of Staff: 171, plus over 30 contract and grant positions
The mission of the juvenile facilities is to provide treatment and services within a safe, secure environment that enables youth to develop pro-social skills and competencies promoting public safety by reducing the likelihood of re-offending.
The Mountain View Youth Development Center, located in Charleston, Maine, is a 133-bed, secure juvenile facility that detains male and female juvenile offenders and male committed offenders from 11 to 21 years of age, with the majority being 16-19 years old. The facility serves the northern, eastern and central regions of the State of Maine, to include fourteen counties: Androscoggin, Aroostook, Franklin, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Oxford, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Sagadahoc, Somerset, Waldo, and Washington.
Construction of the original detention facility (Northern Maine Juvenile Detention Facility) began in 1996 adjacent to the Charleston Correctional Facility . Opening on January 5, 1998, with a 40-bed capacity, this secure facility replaced the use of county jails within the ten counties as the primary detention location for juveniles pending court action prior to sentencing, and for brief periods of confinement known as “shock sentences”.
In February 2002, the programs, services, and physical plant were expanded and reorganized into the current modern facility now known as the Mountain View Youth Development Center. The expanded capacity now accommodates 133 beds, which include detention, shock sentences, and long-term committed residents sentenced to indeterminate periods of confinement.
- Barbara Allen-Hagen Performance-based Standards (PbS) Excellence Award 2007
- American Correctional Association accreditation 2006 - 99.5%
- American Correctional Association reaccreditation 2009 - 100%
- American Correctional Association reaccreditation 2012 - 100%
- Award Winning Staff: Department of Corrections Manager of the Year 2006; Department of Corrections Manager of the Year 2007; Maine Administrator of Services for Children with Disabilities (MADSEC) Regular Education Teacher of the Year 2008
Shared ResourcesThe facility provides certain management and support services for the Charleston Correctional Facility, sharing the following resources:
- Business Services
- Commissary and Warehouse
- Criminal Investigations
- Fleet Management
- Food Services
- Grounds/Maintenance upkeep
- Human Resources
- Staff Development/Training