The Baldacci administration argued that sending prisoners to CCA's Oklahoma prison would relieve dangerous prison overcrowding and be cheaper than, for example, boarding prisoners in county jails. But a legislative committee disagreed, saying it would be cheaper to board prisoners in jails, and in 2008 the Legislature created the Board of Corrections, whose integration of the prison and jail systems have greatly relieved prison overcrowding. The Maine State Prison in Warren now has 61 unoccupied beds, according to the Corrections Department.

Demeritt says the LePage campaign by law was not allowed to discuss fundraising with the Republican Governors Association. And a Republican Governors Association spokesperson told the Maine Today newspapers that donors to his group like the CCA had "no say in how or where their money is spent."

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