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    Default In your back yard?

    If there was a proposed halfway house or bail hostel planned for your street, would you be protesting and signing petitions to get it moved somewhere else (and if so, where?) or would you be OK with it?





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    GREAT TOPIC!!!!!

    It depends. Quite obviously I want the guys to be able to receive help. Let me put it like this: I am not against it where I say simply put, "Not in my back yard" where there are some people who would just know it's COMING and do just what you said. However, if the residents were being unruly and I was watching them day in day out staggering around drunk or high, I'd probably sign a petition to get them evicted.

    I want the inmates to have a chance to get on their feet and I'm not gonna squawk about having burglars living right around the corner from me, but if I was suddenly afraid of being accosted by someone high on meth while walking home, then I would complain.

    And maybe I can say this because I DON'T have small children now, but to that end I wouldn't complain about the sex offenders either though I almost tend to be more on the fence with them. I don't think they should have to wear that scarlet letter, BUT I do recognize that some, not all, can be very dangerous to me.
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    What YMI said..the thing id be scared of too is if my kid (hes 12) though that what these guys did to get rich quick was cool.
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    [FONT="Comic Sans MS"]this actually happened 2 me when i lived in philadelphia pennsylvania. the home i owned was located on a very large urban city block in a lower income area an old age home that had been empty for a while was turned into a halfway house located accross a rear lot and apartment complex behind my house.the increase of crime both theft prostitution and drugs got really bad there. anything of value was stolen out of my back yard even the rusty wraught iron gate to the entrance!cars with prostitutes parked behind the house to do their business and condoms would litter the lot trash would be dumped there and gunshots at night could be heard we had to move. i do not blame it all on the halfway house but it was a start to the fall of the neighborhood economy was the biggest facter no jobs lead to crime.thats the bottem line

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    I'm definitely for rehabilitation. However, as a property owner, I'd say definitely "not in my backyard" only because that would have a significant impact on my home value. Seems logical to put those kinds of facilites in low income areas where the property values are already rock bottom.
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    I'm with numbercruncher, and no I wouldn't want it. I have a child and need him to grow up in a safe environment not somewhere where druggis and cho mos are being rehabilitated besides I'm sure zoning laws would prohibit this sort of thing especuially near schools. Get help but do it in an area that would respectably suit your needs. You wouldn't put a strip club in the middle of a neighborhood, its just not appropriate.

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    So you would put people who probably came from a "low-income" neighbourhood in the first place which had already failed them, right back into that same neighbourhood and expect them to somehow do better this time?

    What about the people who live in the "low-income" neighbourhood who are not druggies or prostitutes and who work hard but just don't earn enough money to buy their own home elsewhere, sounds like you would sacrifice their safety to protect your own? You make it sound like drugs addicts only live in slums, which is most definitely not the case.

    I was just curious, because we have all extended a hand of "friendship" to people who could easily be placed in a halfway house (which is not the same as a rehab centre, but appears to have the same associations with a lot of people) and yet some of us only want to do it at a distance. If your penpal was offered a halfway house bed, would you still not want them living in the same street as you, or would that be different because you "know" them?

    Alternatively, would you prefer there to be no halfway houses at all, and for inmates to do their entire sentence and then be let out onto the streets with no further supervision?





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    I made the same associations of drugs and such not because I confuse the two, but because if it's NOT a rehab center then you likely have people who are not even working a program living down the block, but that doesn't mean they have stopped using. That's not to say that ALL criminals use drugs, but a lot of them do and will do the same stupid things that they were doing when they got locked up in the first place. My attitude is the same - if they run a tight ship and keep their people in line so that I can continue to feel safe then it wouldn't bother me.
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    I think a lot of people do think that a halfway house or bail hostel is the same as a rehab centre though. They assume that the people there are all druggies or alcoholics, or sex offenders. It doesn't seem to enter their heads that halfway houses are more likely to be used by those who did not commit those types of crimes. But then would it be "safer" to live down the street from a burgler, or a drug addict? Why do we draw these strange lines around which crimes are perceived as dangerous, when danger is as relative as the individual committing or being the victim of the crime?

    Perhaps there should be a whole new breed of residential care centres to cater for released inmates? But at what point after a sentence has finished or parole has been granted do you remove the bars at the windows? Perhaps drug addicts should be treated in hospitals instead of in the community? Or not treated at all? I don't know, just mulling things over.





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    When you figure out the answers, please let our Congress know.
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