Mountain View Correctional Facility
Photo ©2007 Paul Dunfee
Jeff Morin, Superintendent
1182 Dover Road
Charleston, Maine 04422
Fax: (207) 285-0836
The Mission of Mountain View Correctional Facility is to protect the public by providing a safe and secure environment for our staff and prisoners. A dedicated team of professionals provide treatment programs and model behavior to promote rehabilitation and reintegration back to families and communities. We offer education, vocational and real-world work opportunities, along with graduated furloughs to promote successful re-entry; thereby promoting public safety.
Population Capacity: 374 adult male beds; 20 male/female juvenile beds
Custody Levels: Medium, Minimum, and Community Custody males
Number of Staff: 170
Charleston Correctional Facility
The Charleston Correctional Facility (CCF) is located on the site of the former Charleston Air Force Station in Charleston, Maine.
1980 - CCF opens under the administrative control of the Maine Correctional Center.
Capacity: 30 male prisoners
1981 to 1985 - A second dorm is opened.
Population increases: 62 male prisoners
1985 - A third dorm is opened. CCF splits away from the Maine Correctional Center and assumes primary responsibility for development and operation of facility.
Population increases: 93 male prisoners
1990 - Growth in State’s prisoner population necessitates construction of new “bat wing dorm.”
Population increases: 143 male prisons. During the next nine years CCF’s prisoner population grows to 180+ with four dormitories open.
1999 - Facility becomes coed to house a segment of the rapidly expanding minimum security female prisoner population. One dormitory is closed.
Population adjusted: 131 male and 32 female prisoners
2001 - Major restructure of the Maine Department of Corrections. CCF is downsized-female population moved to new housing at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham and male population reduced.
Population adjusted: 75 male prisoners (with an overcrowd count of 95)
2007 - A second, 55 bed dorm is opened due to increase of inmates entering the prison system.
Average population: 145 male prisoners
2014 - Due to Statewide increase in minimum security prisoners, CCF renovates unoccupied dorm.
Population capacity: 211 male prisoners
Mountain View Youth Development Center
1998 - The Northern Maine Juvenile Detention Facility opens to house detained juvenile offenders on the grounds of the Charleston Correctional Facility. The 40 bed facility alleviates northern and central county jails of holding juveniles in adult county jails and/or transporting them to Southern Maine.
2002 - Due to a rising rate of juvenile incarceration, the Maine Department of Corrections Juvenile Services expands its services by building and reorganizing two new facilities: The Mountain View Youth Development Center in Charleston and the Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland.
Capacity of Mountain View expands to provide services for long-term commitments, alongside the detention beds. Committed juveniles are afforded the opportunity to continue their education through a unique alternative school that provided special education services, vocational programs in culinary, carpentry and small engine repairs. Professional staff provide therapeutic treatment and substance abuse treatment, psychological and cognitive behavior therapies, religious and recreational activities, and 24 hour medical services.
April 2014 - While still serving a reduced juvenile population in one unit, services are expanded and the new Young Adult Offenders Program (YAOP) is launched. The mission of the YOAP is to serve incarcerated young adult male offenders 18-25, who require evidenced-based programs and services (educational, therapeutic, and substance abuse) designed to meet individual risks and needs. The goal of the YAOP is to promote life-long skills that are focused on reducing the likelihood of reoffending, while encouraging pro-social thinking and behaviors, in a safe and secure environment.
The Mountain View Youth Development Center and Charleston Correctional Facility were combined into one facility in 2017 and renamed Mountain View Correctional Facility (MVCF).
The former Charleston Correctional Facility houses the Minimum Custody Unit and the former Mountain View Youth Development Center houses the Medium Custody Unit.
Current capacity of MVCF: 374 male adult inmate beds; 20 male/female juvenile beds. (Juvenile beds are used for detained juveniles awaiting a court date or serving a brief detention sentence.)
- All visits are by appointment only. Appointments are only made on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for the current week.
The dedicated visit telephone number is: 207-285-0816.
- All visitors must have an appointment regardless of age. There will be no exceptions to this pre-appointment process. If there is a change needed to a visit, it can be made by calling during the next appointment time.
- Visiting hours:
Thursdays Medium Unit - 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Thursdays Minimum Unit - 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays at Medium Unit - 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays at Minimum Unit - 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays at Minimum Unit (Level 4 Inmates Only) - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
All juvenile visits must be coordinated by contacting Unit Manager Jennifer Duffy-Vail at (207) 285-0880.
- No more than three (3) visitors may visit a prisoner at any given time. A fourth person may visit, but must be under the age of (6).
- Only visitors who are on the prisoner’s approved visiting list will be permitted to visit. Any person wishing to visit who has not previously been an approved visitor must submit a visitor application.
Prisoners will be notified if their potential visitors are approved or denied visitation.
- Visitors may visit only one prisoner at a time, unless they receive prior approval in writing from the Superintendent.
- Former prisoners of any Department of Corrections’ facility must have been released a minimum of one year before being considered for visitation. Former prisoners who have been released for at least one year must obtain advanced approval in writing from the Superintendent before a visit will be allowed. Special consideration for visitation will be given to relatives of prisoners who are former prisoners regardless of their release dates. Anyone on Probation/Parole must obtain written permission from his/her Probation/Parole Officer as well as the Superintendent in order to schedule a visit.
- Adult visitors shall be required to present government issued photo identification upon admittance (such as a driver’s license). Minor visitors may be required to present government issued photo identification, such as a State of Maine identification card or other government issued identification, such as a birth certificate, upon admittance to the facility.
- All visitors are to remain in their vehicles until the Visiting Room door is opened
- The Facility reserves the right to search any visitor and vehicle it deems necessary under the authorization of the Superintendent or designee. Prisoners may be subject to a search for contraband at any time, during or after visits if the need is indicated by any of the officers on duty or the on-duty Sergeant.
- Visitors must be properly attired.
ACCEPTABLE DRESS: Jeans and slacks, skirts and dresses knee length or longer. Tops and shirts that are loose fitting and completely cover the upper torso.
UNACCEPTABLE DRESS: Gym shorts, boxer shorts, short-shorts or any items of clothing with revealing holes. Clothing which makes reference to drugs, alcohol, sex, violence or with vulgar or obscene language. Bare midriffs, half shirts, halter tops, tank tops, pajamas, lingerie, or see-through clothing of any kind. No bare feet.
Dress code rules may be waived in cases where children (0-10) and senior citizens (60 and over) are involved.
Officers will use common sense, respect and discretion. In instances where clothing worn by a visitor comes into question, the Visiting Desk Officer will notify the Duty Sergeant. Following a visual inspection, the Sergeant will make the determination if the visitor will be permitted to visit. If the visit is not allowed, the visitor will be advised to leave the property. There is no appeal.
- Prisoners will be properly dressed for visits. This includes a shirt buttoned up and tucked in, boots/shoes properly tied. Jackets and hats will not be worn in the visit room.
- A prisoner and visitor may embrace or kiss briefly at the beginning and end of the visit. Prisoners and visitors may hold hands during the remainder of the visit. Petting or sexual contact may be considered reason for ending the visit. The hands of the prisoner and visitor must be visible at all times. Unless otherwise restricted, prisoners may hold their minor children in their laps. All conduct during visits must be within proper limits of decorum out of respect for others.
- The on-duty supervisor may choose to assign seating.
- Visitors will keep their children under close supervision at all times. Visitors will not be allowed to bring food or drink into the visiting room with the exception of infant’s nutrition. All children must be seated within the immediate vicinity of the parents or guardians. They may not sit unsupervised. They may not climb on furniture or disturb other visitors in any way, which includes yelling, screaming, throwing things.
- Nothing will be passed between the visitors and the prisoner unless it has been cleared by the Visit Officer. Contraband for the purpose of this section is defined as "a dangerous weapon, any tool or other thing that may be used to facilitate a violation of Section 757 (Escape), or any other thing which a person confined in official custody is prohibited, by statute or regulation, from making or possessing.
Examples of contraband are: weapons, cutting blades, drugs, marijuana, alcohol, files, money, and tobacco. Persons violating this rule will be suspended from visiting and are subject to criminal prosecution. It is a felony to aide in the escape of a prisoner.
- There will be NO LOUD or PROFANE language. Be respectful of others.
- Visitors will leave all handbags, suitcases, briefcases and other items not necessary during visits locked in their automobiles. No property will be allowed to be brought in by visitors. Visitors who bring diaper bags into the visit room must leave them with the Visit Officer. Visitors’ coats/jackets will be stored in the prescribed area. The Facility will not assume responsibility for any of the visitors’ personal effects.
- Persons suspected of carrying a weapon, who appear to having been drinking intoxicants, or appear to be under the influence of a controlled substance will be not admitted. Consuming or possessing alcohol or drugs on State property is a violation of State law.
- No cameras or cell phones are allowed. Visitors will not be allowed to take photographs in or about the Facility.
- Prisoners will remain seated once visits commence except to speak to the Visit Officer. Prisoners and visitors shall not move about the visit room or visit with other prisoners or their visitors.
- If there is only one visitor, the visitor and prisoner must sit across from each other. Prisoners are required to sit facing the Visit Officer at all times.
- All items purchased in the canteen machines for the prisoners will be consumed in the visiting room.
Conclusion of Visits
- All visitors who leave the Visiting Room must go directly to their vehicles.
- Prisoners will remain seated at the end of the visit until the Visit Officer directs him to leave. The prisoner will straighten the chairs and clean up his/her visit area.
- A prisoner may be prohibited by the Superintendent from receiving a visit from any other person when there is reasonable suspicion that allowing a visit between them would facilitate criminal activity or violation of facility rules and/or would create a risk to the safety of persons, security, or orderly management of the facility.
Other Visit Provisions
- The Superintendent may allow special visit accommodations, provided space and staff are available. Some examples of special visits which may be considered are:
- A visitor traveling from out of state
- A family making a one-time visit from out of state
- Other special circumstances
- Professional visits may be allowed after receiving approval from the Superintendent. Professional visitors may include an attorney, a representative of a legal advocacy organization, Department of Corrections’ staff from outside of the facility, law enforcement officials, clergy, and others, as determined by MDOC Policy 21.4
Professional visits shall be provided in an area that affords an opportunity for confidentiality.
- Failure to comply with the visiting policy may result in termination of the visit, as well as suspension of future visiting privileges.
- The Facility will provide a private area to accommodate breastfeeding mothers for mothers and children only. Prisoners will not be allowed in these areas.
Mountain View Correctional Facility staff is dedicated to helping every prisoner develop the skills and judgment necessary to be successful and make a positive contribution to society. The programs and services offered promote each prisoner’s growth toward mature thinking, sound decision making, a realistic understandings of themselves and others, and the knowledge and competence to deal well with problems and challenges they’ll encountered in daily life. The overall program goal is to focus on a treatment and educational foundation that will support inmates with future life goals as well as increase the likelihood that they’ll use these skills effectively in their personal life, both while in and outside of the facility.
A comprehensive treatment program is provided in a structured, safe, and supportive environment which assists prisoners with:
- accepting responsibility for their behavior
- developing pro-social skills
- increasing self-awareness
- understanding the consequences of poor decisions
- enhancing their ability to empathize with victims
- employing more adaptive thinking patterns
- utilizing effective problem solving strategies
Programming available to all eligible adult inmates:
- Opportunity to earn a HiSet (high school equivalency) diploma
- Vocational programming (building trades, culinary arts, and small engines)
- Certificate programs (NCCER [National Center for Construction Education & Research] Core Curriculum, and OSHA [Occupational Safety and Health Administration] 10).
- Evidence-based programming (Thinking for a Change, Inside-Out Dads, and Family Violence Education and Prevention).
Additional programing available to Minimum Unit inmates:
- Industries (a building and craft program)
- Wood harvesting
- Real-world work experience through work release job sites
A case manager is assigned to every inmate to assist them with transition back into the community at the end of their sentence.
Volunteer programs from within the community visit MVCF to provide inmates religious services, AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) and NA (Narcotics Anonymous) meetings.