Statement from Senate Republican Leaders on Governor’s Closing of Downeast Correctional Facility

“The people of Washington County deserve better than this. Maine Senate Republicans are currently looking at all available options.


“The Maine Legislature’s commitment to keeping this facility open has been consistent. In addition to fighting for funding in the budget, legislators in 2016 reached agreement on a government facilities bond that mandated a correctional facility exist in Washington County. This action appears contrary to the agreement that was reached.”


“Furthermore, the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee this week overwhelmingly approved a bill to keep the Downeast Correctional Facility open.


“We remain committed to the people of Washington County.”


Senate President Michael Thibodeau (R-Waldo)

Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason (R-Androscoggin)

Assistant Majority Leader Amy Volk (R-Cumberland)