Archive for Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Transition services for inmates weighed

June 21, 2006


A group of city and county officials looking for ways to lower the number of inmates who return to jail wants to open a "day reporting center" near 19th Street and Haskell Avenue.

The proposed center would provide a "clearinghouse-type setting" for services in the community, Douglas County Undersheriff Kenny Massey said Monday. "This is a top priority," he said.

Massey said he had a landlord willing to lease the county office space for about $2,400 a month near the Kansas Department of Corrections' parole office, 1910 Haskell Ave.

Members of the so-called "re-entry committee" welcomed the prospect for released inmates to be taken to a place where services would be available. Now, they're simply taken by taxi to 11th and Massachusetts streets.


geekin_topekan 11 years, 10 months ago

And what services would those be? Unless they're handing out Laughing Dog vouchers I think that most people who are released from jail just want to go home or to11th and Mass anyway,if they don't have one to go to.

monkeyhawk 11 years, 10 months ago

Anywhere but in close proximity to the Hobbs lofts.

It is all part of the great scheme to prop up the jewel of Lawrence.

BTW, I toured the lofts the other day. There was a nice, empty retail/commercial space. I suppose it is on hold for the the "right" tenant, but it occurred to me that a WalMart Neighborhood Market would be a nice fit. Think WM would go for that?

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