An Act To Allow the Confinement of Female Prisoners at the Long Creek Youth Development Center
Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, there is an urgent need for additional beds for the housing of female prisoners of the Department of Corrections; and
Whereas, there has been a significant reduction in the number of juveniles being housed at the Long Creek Youth Development Center, resulting in an excess of empty beds; and
Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,
Sec. 1. 34-A MRSA §3061, sub-§1, as amended by PL 2017, c. 148, §7, is further amended to read:
Sec. 2. 34-A MRSA §3817 is enacted to read:
§ 3817. Confinement of female prisoners
The commissioner may confine female prisoners sentenced and committed to the custody of the department in the facility as long as the housing facilities for female prisoners are fully separated from the housing facilities for juvenile detainees and juvenile clients and the commissioner maintains at all times full compliance with mandatory sight and sound separation standards established by federal law. All provisions of this Title that are applicable to prisoners apply to female prisoners confined in the facility as if they were confined in a correctional facility housing only adults.
Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.
This bill allows female adult prisoners to be confined at the Long Creek Youth Development Center.