Downeast Correctional Facility

Aerial view of Downeast Correctional FacilityDirector Scott Jones

64 Base Road
Machiasport ME 04655
(207) 255-1100

For visitor information please call Downeast Correctional Facility.

The Downeast Correctional Facility, located at the former Bucks Harbor Air Force Station, was established by the Legislature in September 1984. Funds were appropriated to purchase the facility for the confinement and rehabilitation of persons who have been duly sentenced and committed to the Department of Corrections and began receiving inmates in June 1985. The facility is a minimum security institution with a prisoner count of 148.

The Classification Committee has a direct impact on the prisoner for its primary responsibility is to orient each new prisoner to the facility, its housing, care and/or treatment programs. The committee is responsible for the safety and well being of each prisoner assigned to the Downeast Correctional Facility. The committee analyzes all input to determine the initial anniversary and/or required changes to the security status of the prisoners housed at the facility. A caseworker assists prisoners and their families in making recommendations for treatment programs within the community and in the therapeutic and rehabilitative settings.

The Medical Department is staffed 12 hours a day by a Registered Nurse (RN) with visiting Doctors, PAs, LPNs, Dental and Optical staff as needed.

PROGRAMS

The Educational Program is geared for a high school diploma and/or a G.E.D. There is a NovaNET program, which allows prisoners to increase their skills in grades 6 through 12. The NovaNET also offers several college courses via a closed circuit with the Southern Maine Vocational College.

The Vocational Programs are staffed by degreed instructors in the following fields: Upholstery, Welding, and Building Trades. An Industries program was instituted in July 2001, for the manufacture of denim jeans for the entire Department of Corrections prisoner population.

The Community Restitution Program provides other State Agencies, Local Municipalities, and non-profit organizations with assistance in maintaining their facilities. The firefighting crew travels throughout the state assisting the State of Maine Forestry Department. This group has been active for well over ten years and is highly acclaimed for its firefighting efforts.

The Treatment Program consists of psychological treatment with counselors in Substance Abuse Education, Relapse Prevention and Individual Substance Counseling, and Crisis Intervention groups.