Attorney General Janet Mills addresses the Downeast Correctional Facility Closure

February 9, 2018

AUGUSTA - The action of the Governor and the Department of Corrections flies in the face of the clear intent of the Legislature as expressed in the biennial budget, in statute and in the deliberations of the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety. See the attached letter from this office of April 27, 2017 to Senator Joyce Maker. The Legislature has every right to protect an institution which not only provides needed rehabilitation services to persons convicted of crimes but is also an economic mainstay of one of Maine?s poorest counties.

We will continue to explore all possible actions in response to the numerous complaints this office has received about the closure of Downeast Correctional Facility.

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