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Machias prison to be replaced by smaller facility
By ellsworthamerican.com- Johanna S. Billings
Published: 04/19/2019

MACHIASPORT — State Rep. Will Tuell (R-Machias) isn’t optimistic about the future of the shuttered Downeast Correctional Facility.

“This is it. This is the final act in the play,” he said last week after learning the Maine Department of Corrections is not likely to reopen the existing facility and, instead, plans to create a pre-release program somewhere in Machias that will house 50 inmates and employ 15 people.

“It really is a lot less than what we were looking for or expecting,” Tuell said.

In March 2018, former Governor Paul LePage abruptly closed the prison, moving about 65 inmates to other locations and laying off 36 employees.

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