Baldacci Proposes Moving Inmates out of State 

Gov. John Baldacci is calling for the

transfer of 118 Maine prison inmates to privately-run prisons in

other states.

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