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Portland chief wants tougher penalties for cocaine crime | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Portland chief wants tougher penalties for cocaine crime | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

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Rehabilitation programs at Down East prison save Maine money | Bangor Daily News

MACHIASPORT, Maine — The rows of sewing machines are busy, humming through the fabric in the small workshop. The men working the machines are quiet, with heads bent and hands at the task of turning denim fabric into jeans.

Nearby, another pair of men work on reupholstering chairs. One is cutting out new padding while the other reinforces a frame.

This could be any workshop, anywhere. But the salty breeze coming through the open door gives it away: this is the garment room at Downeast Correctional Facility, a former U.S. Air Force base tucked on a ridge on the Machiasport peninsula.

The garment workshop is one of a half-dozen self-sustaining rehabilitation programs at DCF, and Director Scott Jones estimates the programs have saved the state, Washington County towns, and area non-profit organizations millions of dollars in expenses.

Click on the link for the rest of this story by Sharon Kiley Mack in the Bangor Daily News.

Maine report: Dropouts eight times more likely to go to jail | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Report: Dropouts eight times more likely to go to jail | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.