Downeast Correctional Facility employees’ last day is June 10

ELLSWORTH — Maine Department of Corrections Commissioner Joseph Fitzpatrick announced Friday that Downeast Correctional Facility in Machiasport will close June 10.

“Funding to operate Downeast Correctional Facility will no longer be available as of June 10; therefore, the facility will be closing at that time,” Fitzpatrick stated in a press release. “Downeast Correctional Facility is an outdated facility that is expensive to operate and has been considered for closure for years.”

“The closure is not a threat to public safety,” he stated. The prison currently houses 100 minimum-security and “community-custody” inmates.

Fitzpatrick stated the department will move the inmates to other correctional facilities by June 10.

Corrections officers at the prison may find work at other Maine corrections facilities.

“If the security staff is interested in relocating, the department is willing to work with them to stay employed with the department,” Fitzpatrick stated. “We are now working with the Maine Department of Labor to accommodate a Rapid Response team at the Machiasport facility as we speak.”