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WINDHAM, Maine(NEWS CENTER) - Members of the Legislature's Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee are weighing the pros and cons of building a new Correctional Facility in Windham.

They toured the complex today in an effort to gain better understanding of the issue. Governor LePage is proposing the state borrow $100-million dollars to rebuild the prison. Under the plan, 8 of the existing 11 buildings - some of which were built in the 1930's - would be demolished.


The new complex would be larger to accommodate as many as 1,000 inmates. Right now, 622 minimum to medium security inmates are imprisoned there. Prison Superintendent Scott Burnheimer says the new facility would streamline services and would be safer for staff.


The Legislature would have to approve the Governor's budget proposal by a two-thirds vote and the Maine Governmental Facilities Authority would have to give a majority approval to the bonding plan for the prison to actually be built.


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