Leaders worry St. Louis is a destination for state parolees
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A halfway house in downtown St. Louis is a concern for business leaders and residents who worry the area has become a destination for parolees fresh out of prison.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports their concerns were amplified after learning the state's only other community release center located in Kansas City would be turned into a prison. They wondered if the offenders there would wind up in St. Louis.
The centers were designed to reintroduce parolees back into society.
Offenders assigned to the facilities live there while they look for employment and obtain any necessary drug abuse treatment. Many residents are free to leave during the day but are required to return at night.