Gov. John Baldacci is calling for the
transfer of 118 Maine prison inmates to privately-run prisons in
The proposal is included in the two-year state budget package
that Baldacci outlined yesterday. The transfers would save money by
putting the inmates in facilities where the daily cost per prisoner
is less than in Maine.
Prisoners selected for transfer would be those with long
sentences and minimal family ties in Maine.
Corrections Commissioner Martin Magnusson acknowledges that the
inmate-transfer provision ran into serious opposition when it came
up before as a way to ease overcrowding. But he says that with
Maine in the midst of a big budget shortfall, the stakes are
different this time and he would not presume how lawmakers might