Charleston Correctional Facility 

The governor’s budget revision to close a $140 million revenue gap calls for shutting down a housing unit at the minimum-security facility. But lawmakers on the Criminal Justice Committee who toured Charleston say it should remain fully staffed for at least the next six months.

Republican Rep. Richard Sykes of Harrison told Maine Public Radio it’s hard to justify firing staff and transferring prisoners in order to save about $550,000 when the correctional center is such a clear example of a successful operation.

Democratic Rep. Anne Haskell of Portland, the committee’s co-chair, says it makes sense to keep Charleston open for now and consider its role in the context of other jail and prison operations.