Friday, 22 June 2018 11:11

Bill providing funds to keep Downeast Correctional Facility open heading for governor's desk Featured

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AUGUSTA - The Maine Legislature wants to keep Downeast Correctional Facility operational.

Among the bills passed during the legislature's special session this week was one providing funding for the jail through 2021.


Governor Paul LePage had the facility closed in the middle of the night a couple of months ago but a court ordered that it be reopened. Since then, it has been operating at minimal staffing levels.


"I think the thing that has pleased me the most is the amount of support we've had for this, the legislative support we've had," Rep. Anne Perry, D-Calais. "And I think that's an important message that the governor really needs to know."


For many years, the guards and staff at the correctional facility have been threatened with closure by numerous governors. But LePage was the first to actually shut the doors.


The bill now heads to the governor's desk for his signature of approval or a veto.