AUGUSTA, Maine(AP) - Maine lawmakers will examine the state's county jails and look for ways to improve and strengthen the jail system this fall.

Democratic leaders recently named a 15-member jail study commission that has been charged with coming up with recommendations to address the funding challenges facing the county jails.

The commission includes lawmakers, county jail officials and sheriffs. It's going to review the revenue sources and long-term funding sustainability of the county jail system.

The group will meet as many as six times this fall and report their recommendations to the Legislature by December. The date of the first meeting has not yet been announced.

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