New Jail Proposed 

The new facility would house both the Downeast Correctional Facility and the Washington County Jail, which the Governor says would provide more effective programs in a safer environment and be more efficient.

The Maine Department of Corrections has been engaged with regional officials and state representatives to begin laying out detailed work on the new facility.

The next steps include contracting for a conceptual design, as well as finding a place where to build the new facility and how to finance it.