State officials unveiled an updated version of a plan to renovate and expand the Maine Correctional Center’s main campus in Windham on Dec. 16, just three weeks after the groundbreaking of a new, 21,500-square-foot women’s re-entry facility being built nearby.
A law that was intended to address funding and overcrowding issues in Maine county jails continues to plague the state. The law initially received broad support as it was intended to place county jails back under local control, eliminating the Maine Board of Corrections.
On March 28, the Maine Department of Corrections (MDOC) will host its final public information session concerning a proposed 72-bed women’s reentry facility in Windham. Though the facility will ease the state’s overcrowding and provide better services for female inmates, local outcry over the plan last month pushed department heads to increase project transparency.
Plans have started to develop a new prison facility in Windham. Maine Department of Corrections officials are currently working on a feasibility study that will assess the benefits of replacing the current Maine Correctional Center with a more efficient and updated facility. Although construction on the project wouldn’t begin for a few years, the feasibility study is due to Maine’s Legislature in the spring of 2014.