Maine Correctional Facilities Construction, Purchasing and Renovation, Question 2 (1991)

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The Maine Correctional Facilities Construction, Purchasing and Renovation Bond Issue, also known as Question 2, was on the November 5, 1991 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred bond question, where it was defeated.[1] The measure would have issued $5.5 million in bonds for construction, purchasing and renovation of correctional facilities. Specifically, $1.55 million would have been used for a 50 bed prerelease center in Cumberland or York County, $1.55 million for a community-based diversion and restitution center in Androscoggin or Penobscot County, $1.35 million for a 50 bed minimum security housing unit at the Downeast Correctional Center, $1 million for reconstruction and renovations at the Maine State Prison at Thomaston and $50,000 for the establishment of a women's unit in Hallowell. The estimated interest on the bonds at 5.6 percent over 5 years was $924,000.[2][3]

Background

This measure was the third time in as many years that funding for prisons was put to voters as a legislatively-referred bond question and defeated. The first, in 1989, would have issued $35 million in bonds to build, repair and renovate adult correctional facilities. The second, in 1990, would have issued $20,250,000 in bonds to build, purchase, plan and renovate correction facilities and to study future operation needs.[1]

Election results

Maine Question 2 (1991)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No242,76064.62%
Yes 132,898 35.38%

Election results via: Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library, Votes on Maine Bond Issues, 1951-

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[3]

Do you favor a $5,500,000 bond issue for construction, purchasing and renovation of correctional facilities? [4]

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