Friday, 03 May 2019 15:01

State will build new Downeast Correctional Facility

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AUGUSTA -  A new pre-release center is planned to be built on the grounds of the existing Downeast Correctional Facility.

That word late Friday morning from the Governor's office.

According to a statement from Governor Janet Mills' office, it's estimated the 50-prisoner facility will cost between $6.5 million and $8 million.

The Machiasport minimum-security prison has been at the center of political battles for years, culminating in its closure last year by then-Governor Paul Lepage.

Funding for the project is available from bonds voters approved in 2016.

The governor's spokesperson stated the pre-release center should be completed within the next two years.

East Machias State Representative Will Tuell said he's happy Downeast Correctional will remain in Washington County.

TJ Tremble

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