SLC officials criticize proposed parole center

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Salt Lake City officials are criticizing plans to open a new parole center near downtown.

The state Department of Corrections was hoping to open the 300-inmate facility in April. But city officials in August issued a six-month moratorium on halfway houses and have raised concerns about the proposed location for the parole center.

Salt Lake City Councilman Van Turner says that while the proposed location is in an industrial area, there are houses nearby. He also says the area might be better suited for redevelopment projects including the city's new plans for a streetcar system.

The Legislature has pulled nearly $6 million in funding for the plan, in part because of concerns raised by city officials.

Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

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