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Transition services for inmates weighed

June 21, 2006

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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.

Comments

geekin_topekan 8 years, 6 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 8 years, 6 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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