- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A provision that would have allowed guards to use deadly force against prisoners attempting to escape from the Maine Correctional Center in Windham has been stripped from a bill.

The bill was approved Monday by the Legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee after the shoot-to-kill provision was eliminated. The bill makes mostly housekeeping changes to the state prisons department.

The deadly-force provision was requested by the Department of Corrections and would have given Maine Correctional Center guards the same guidelines as those working at the high-security Maine State Prison in Warren.

Corrections officials argued that it was necessary because of the growing number of dangerous criminals held at the Windham facility.

Some lawmakers expressed concern at the possibility of shooting at inmates convicted of low-level crimes.

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