Moms Leader Condemns Maine Governor’s Decision to Keep Youth Prison Open, Demands State and Federal Lawmakers Invest in Children, Not Prisons
“Maine Governor Janet Mills chose prisons for kids instead of hearing the voices of Maine’s youth calling for change. We are appalled that Governor Mills callously vetoed a bill to close Long Creek Youth Development Center, a youth prison. The Maine Legislature’s passage of this bill was a major victory for Maine's children and families, and Mills’ decision to keep funding the incarceration of children -- a cruel, expensive, racist and ineffective practice -- rather than investing those funds in community-based alternatives that promote healing and build real safety is a deep and profound disappointment. Long Creek disproportionately incarcerates youth of color, and this veto is a major step backward for racial justice as well as public safety in Maine.
“This fight is not over, and we will continue to demand that states and our federal government divest from prisons and instead invest in children and families. America’s moms want policymakers to build the continuum of community-based alternatives and resources our children, families and communities need and deserve.”