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Planned South Sacramento Halfway Home Leaves Residents Outraged

SACRAMENTO–

Monday, Sacramento County will hold a public meeting on a proposal to house federal offenders in a south Sacramento apartment complex. Not only are neighbors outraged — they say they didn’t even know what was going on.

Behavioral Systems Southwest is the company looking to bring in the rehabilitation program and turn the complex into a halfway house. If accepted by the Sacramento County Planning Commission, the proposal means everyone currently living in the complex would have 60 days to pack up and move.

“A lot of them are asking questions, where are we going to go, we don’t know,” said Janelle Schindler.

Schindler, a resident on the opposite side of Highway 99, went to the apartment complex asking others who live there to sign a petition against the proposal. That’s how most learned what was happening.

“It is more surprising that this would be the location for a halfway house,” said resident Bruce Gatewood.

Many agree with rehabilitating former inmates, but ask how it will help if the home is located in one of the most crime infested areas.

“This is not the place for people to get rehabilitated. We are here because it is cheap. We are not here for the scenery,” said Gatewood.

“Unfortunately, they are a dumping ground,” said Schindler.

Schindler and many more will plead their case before the board on Monday. FOX40 reached out to the property owner and Behavioral Systems Soutwest, Inc. Sunday, but our calls were not immediately returned.

Tomorrow’s hearing will take place at 5:30 p.m. in room 1450 of the County Administration Building.

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