Luecke Administration Opposes Half-Way House

Earlier this year, South Bend Mayor Stephen
Luecke wrote a letter supporting a program to set up a half- way house for recently paroled sex offenders in the city.

Now, the administration has become critical of a decision to place the home in a residential neighborhood.

In fact, to the administration, the question is not "if" the house should move, but "when."

According to City Attorney Chuck Leone, "there is a general feeling that this is not the right location, and we need to figure out a method for making the move."

The city is still trying to decide whether the offenders should remain in the home at its current location, while a new location is found.

According to Leone, "if they move out right away, the question is where do they go, they'll be in the community, but won't be as closely supervised."

It's true, a change in the status of the home isn't
automatically change for the better for the community
at large.

Corporal Charles Oakley of the St. Joseph County
Police told Newscenter 16 that he has roughly 264-sex offenders to monitor, and that those in the half-way house are monitored more closely than any others.

That's a major reason why the mayor earlier wrote his letter in support of the program.

As for the group behind the half way house, St. Joseph County Community Corrections, Susan Hancock today said
"we're not opposed to working toward a new location."

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