Penobscot County Commissioners respond to ACLU’s request for investigation

Published: Jan. 19, 2023 at 4:34 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 20, 2023 at 1:32 PM EST
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BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - The Penobscot County Commission has issued a statement on the recent ACLU request for investigation of use of American Rescue Plan Funds for repairs to the Penobscot County Jail

The ACLU wants jails and prisons in several states investigated for what they are saying is misusing COVID-19 relief funds including PCJ.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine says it has joined ACLU affiliates around the country in a letter to the U.S. Department of Treasury seeking an investigation.

They say the ARPA funds were intended to support local governments in responding to the impacts of COVID-19 on their communities, but the commission improperly set nearly $1.2 million aside for jail construction projects.

The Penobscot County Commissioners said in a release Friday they have allocated a portion of the ARPA funds for important repairs to the correctional facility.

They say, “These funds were allocated from the portion of ARPA funding which was released under the revised Treasury rules for county government capital expenditures.

Penobscot County provided necessary repairs to our correctional facility to provide for the health and safety of our inmates and staff.”