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Maine Prison Construction, Renovation and Future Operation Needs Study, Question No. 6 (1990)

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The Maine Prison Construction, Renovation and Future Operation Needs Study Bond Issue, also known as Question No. 6, was on the November 6, 1990 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred bond question, where it was defeated.[1] The measure would have issued $20,250,000 in bonds to build, purchase, plan and renovate correction facilities and to study future operation needs.[2]


In1989, another legislatively-referred bond question was defeated which would have issued $35 million in bonds to build, repair and renovate adult correctional facilities. According to an editorial in the Bangor Daily News, Maine was expected to need at least 700 more prison beds by 1995. The measure was expected to provide 330 of those beds.[2]


The matter of funding state correctional facilities was, again, defeated in 1991. That measure would have issued $5.5 million in bonds for construction, purchasing and renovation of correctional facilities.[1]

Election results

Maine Question No. 6 (1990)
Defeatedd No306,88762.06%
Yes 187,622 37.94%

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:[2]

Shall a bond issue be authorized in the amount of $20,250 to build, purchase, plan and renovate correction facilities and to study future operation needs? [3]


  • Department of Corrections[2][4]
  • Maine Council of Churches (MCC)[2]
  • Maine Civil Liberties Union (MCLU)[2]

The Maine Council of Churches and the Maine Civil Liberties Union had both opposed an effort to issue bonds for the Department of Corrections in 1989.[2]

The Maine Department of Corrections director, C. Mark Caton, said,

Approval of the prison bond issue, Item 6, will have an impact significantly above the current $2.1 million spent locally in wages and services due to the initial construction jobs, hiring of additional permanent employees and added requirements for local goods and services. [3]

—C. Mark Caton [5]

Media editorial positions


  • Bangor Daily News said,

It's tough to spend money on prisons. But this bond places significant weight on low-cost and benign alternatives to full-time incarceration. It should be acceptable to most Maine voters. The existing prisons are full and there is no other choice but to create additional space. This bond does that, prudently. [3]

—Bangor Daily News Editorial Staff [2]

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