Inmates are moving to South Philly and neighbors are less than thrilled, not only because criminals will be living next to them, but it’s proposed for a space right next to a day care (!). The protesters living in the southwest section of the city near 5200 Grays Avenue have a reason to be upset, given the fact that an inmate could escape at any time. The city needs a place to put these felons because the inmates are not allowed to live in the Philadelphia Housing Authority housing (for obvious reasons). Officials argue (Vision-Nary Community Re-Entry Centers) that having inmates who are first-time non-violent offenders (ones that simply couldn’t make bail) wouldn’t be a problem for the neighborhood. However, the irony of an “okay” inmate is not a good enough reason for the neighbors to let this go down. Isn’t there anywhere else to put a prison? How about all those empty lots we see driving on our way to work? We‘re taking the protester side on this one. Read more at Philly.com.
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