South Richmond new jail debate

By Evrod Cassimy – bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – South Richmond residents are joining together to fight against a jail being built in their neighborhood. About 100 people are concerned about the effects having such a facility so close to home could have on their everyday lives.

"We would be fearful of actually having people being released from jail into our neighborhood," said resident, Louise McQueen.

A spokesperson for the city was at the meeting and couldn't confirm the proposed location for the jail, but several reports have indicated it would be in oak grove, the neighborhood adjacent to Bellemeade. And being that there's just a proposal on the table, residents don't need to worry just yet.

"This process is at its very beginning and no decisions have been made and the process will continue and they will be involved and there will be places for citizen input all through the process," said city spokesman, David Hicks.

That was calming news for most of the residents in attendance who had this suggestion for where the necessary new jail should go.

"Anywhere but in someone's backyard," said resident, James Brown. "We have churches. We're just a couple blocks from the school and they're planning on building a new school in the area."

Other proposals for a new jail location can still be submitted until May 27.

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