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Downeast prison set to close in June

MACHIASPORT - It appears the days could be numbered for the Downeast Correctional Facility in Machiasport.

The Bangor Daily News broke the story Friday morning, announcing the facility would be closed in June.


Layoff notices are being handed out today to the 46 employees and plans are in the works to move the inmates to other facilities.


It's terrible news for that part of Downeast Maine where the prison is one of the areas biggest employers. The state has been considering closing it for years as a way to save money, but after hearing pleas from local residents the legislature voted in march to fund it for another two years.


The decision to close the facility was made by the Department of Corrections.


According to the BDN, an organization that represents corrections workers doesn't believe the department has the authority to close the prison and plans to file an injunction to fight it.