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Downeast Correctional Facility Scheduled to Close. - May. 23, 2017

 (AP) -The Maine Department of Corrections says the planned closure of a minimum-security state prison in Washington County will not threaten public safety.

Corrections Commissioner Joseph Fitzpatrick said that the state has informed employees at Downeast Correctional Facility in Machiasport that the facility will close June 10.

Fitzpatrick said the department will move 100 inmates to other correctional facilities.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage's budget proposal estimates the facility's closure saves $5 Million.

Republicans Sen. Joyce Maker and Rep. Will Tuell say the move costs jobs and ignores the legislative process.

Chief Deputy Attorney General Linda Pistner in an April letter to Maker said the governor can't unilaterally amend the law that establishes Downeast Correctional Facility.

In March, the Legislature's public safety committee's unanimously recommended keeping the facility open.