Location of new halfway house upsets residents - WNEM TV 5

Location of new halfway house upsets residents

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The Bay City home the Michigan Department of Corrections plans to turn into a halfway house. The Bay City home the Michigan Department of Corrections plans to turn into a halfway house.
BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) -

A move to reintroduce former inmates back into society through a new transition home is causing fear for local residents.

The Michigan Department of Corrections says halfway homes are effective ways to help get former prisoners back on their feet - but try telling that to people who live nearby.

"It's very scary," said a woman who didn't want to be identified out of fear.

She is worried about a home on her street that's being turned into a halfway house for parolees, some of whom may be sex offenders.

"I just think that it's not a good placement with people with this kind of background," said the woman.

Many of the residents TV5 spoke to said they first learned about their new neighbors last week, which was shocking news to those who live in what they describe as a quiet neighborhood.

The woman TV5 spoke with said she heard the news after a parolee officer came knocking on her door. Others said they just found out yesterday.

"It's just exposing, it's not fair to people, they are not thinking about the neighborhood and the effects on the people living here," said the woman. "Everybody has a right to live and have a place to live, but there are places that are more suitable than this busy street where children walk all the time."

That unidentified woman wasn't the only one who was too afraid to go on record. Another woman says she is now considering moving out of the neighborhood. 

"I'm not saying I'm going to do anything immediately, I was kind of, like, shocked when I heard about it, but I am definitely going to look for other housing," she said.

TV5 reached out the Department of Corrections to ask the Tough Questions about why they chose this particular neighborhood and who exactly is going to be living there. So far, they have not returned our calls.

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