Criminal transitional facility proposed in Dalton Gardens

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by OTHELLO RICHARDS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on April 26, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 7 at 9:36 PM

DALTON GARDENS, Idaho-- Some people Dalton Gardens told KREM 2 News that they’re upset about a request to house dozens of federal parolees in a new, local faculty.

Pioneer Human Services, an organization contracted through the Federal Bureau of Prisons, wants a permit to house their felons there. If approved, the criminal transitional facility would be located one block from Kootenai County Jail.

“I did not know about it,” said Kim Heitstuman, “kind of sounds a little scary to have some felons next door to me.”

The message on the property’s real estate sign reads "sale pending."  The location once housed a motorcycle shop.  Flames destroyed the building last year, but builders just finished construction on the new facility.

Pioneer Human Services administers community re-entry centers for adults referred by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The organization requested a permit to operate a 43-bed criminal transitional facility in Dalton Gardens.

“It's  already kind of different living next to the jail, so I know they are secure there, but  having them in a house next door doesn't really feel safe,” said Heitstuman.

Pioneer Human Services runs several federal re-entry faculties in Washington State. Officials say their program provides a safe, structured and supervised environment. It provides counseling services, job training, and requires parolees be fully employed or enrolled in an education program.

Dalton Garden's Planning and Zoning Commission met earlier in the week made a motion to deny the proposal. Pioneer Human Services will also have the opportunity to appeal the decision if the city rejects the permit.

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