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Latest: Five employees and small population of prisoners to return to Machiasport prison

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Published: Mar. 20, 2018 at 12:31 PM EDT
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The governor says the Downeast Correctional Facility in Machiasport will reopen in a limited capacity.

Lawyers representing laid-off DCF employees tell TV 5 they have confirmed that Corrections Commissioner Joseph Fitzpatrick plans to rehire five workers and bring back a small population of prisoners.

Last week, a judge ruled Governor LePage did not have the authority to close the facility.

According to the Governor, the Corrections Commissioner will make the adjustments by the end of the week.

Attorneys representing employees in the case believe the Governor's plan still isn't enough and planned to file a formal complaint witht eh judge Tuesday afternoon.

The facility is funded until June.

But a bill to extend that for another year passed unanimously in the Senate Tuesday.

It now heads back to the house.

If it doesn't garner two-thirds of the votes, Governor LePage says he will veto it.

He says, "That prison costs more money per inmate than the maximum security prison in Warren. It is absolutely insane to be having this discussion when we have a waitlist of people who need services and let's help Mainers instead of dealing with crybabies."

LePage's Communication Director says when referencing crybabies, the Governor was referring to the legislature.

The bill will be voted on in the house on Thursday.