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A car sits parked outside a security gate at the Downeast Correctional Facility in Machiasport last week. The state prison is again being proposed for closure as cost-saving measure in the proposed state budget.

As LePage eyes early release for inmates, lawmakers prep fight to save Down East prison

Maine lawmakers said Tuesday that they’re considering a bid to fund a Machiasport prison slated for closure by Gov. Paul LePage as the governor partially confirmed rumors that he’d be commuting prisoners’ sentences.

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A worker walks toward the main office at Downeast Correctional Facility in Machiasport in February. The state prison will be closed in June, the state announced last week.

Lawmakers want hearings on the closure of Down East prison

“It would just give us some additional facts so we don’t just have to read about it in the newspaper,” Gattine said.

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