State abandons plans for Bay City halfway house - WNEM TV 5

State abandons plans for Bay City halfway house

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This home will no longer be considered to house ex-cons in Bay City. This home will no longer be considered to house ex-cons in Bay City.
BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) -

WNEM.com has learned that a neighborhood in Bay City will not be getting a halfway house for parolees after all.

Russ Marlan, spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Corrections, says the state has abandoned its plans to make home transitional housing for parolees because of backlash from community.

The decision comes just weeks after neighbors rallied to protest the planned halfway house.

The home at 508 S. Wenona St. in Bay City was to house up to three former convicts, who would wear GPS monitors while at the house.

Neighbors in the area told TV5 reporter Gino Vicci they were relieved at the state's decision:

Thank you TV5 for getting results in our neighborhood here in Bay City. I was excited to hear the good news today about the halfway house because now myself and my two children don't have to move because we love this neighborhood. So thank you, thank you, thank you for helping us all out.

-Fred Christe

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