A Federal Jail in Turners Station?!

November 12th?  That was the last time I wrote something here?  Man.  Time is flying.  I’d really like to write more but by the time I get home from work I’m wiped out.

Anyway, here’s an item in the news lately that actually deserves some severe criticism and cage rattling.

Idea of jail near Turner Station meets widespread disapproval

Company lost lawsuit in Texas; community meeting is scheduled

by Marge Neal

As one of the many irate e-mails speeding through Greater Dundalk’s cyberspace said, “The advantage of a small town is word moves quickly.”

Word is definitely out about a proposed detention center that would be built – if the Correctional Services Corp. bid is selected by the U.S. Department of Justice – on Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. property on Sollers Point.

And so far, the score is roughly a million (give or take a few) against the proposal to zero for it.

Community and business leaders have appealed to local elected officials to do everything in their power to get Sollers Point off the list of potential sites for the center, which would house up to 1,750 federal pre-trial detainees.

Those elected leaders, including County Councilman John Olszewski Sr. (7th District), State Sen. Norman Stone (6th District) and 6th District state delegates Joseph “Sonny” Minnick and John Arnick, have appealed to U.S. senators Barbara Mikulski and Paul Sarbanes, who in turn have appealed to U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft.

I was shocked and appalled.  Turners Station, where I grew up and am living now, is a historical African American enclave with families, communities, schools, lots of kids and elderly people and it’s in the midst of planning and participating in a Renaissance of the area.

And this company is proposing to the Federal Government that they take a prime piece of waterfront property now owned by the local energy company and build a Federal jail there.  And it’s literally right across the street (or two streets, actually) from people’s houses.  For those of you familiar with this area the land in question is between the power plant and the Key Bridge.

Bad idea.  Baaaaad idea.  I’ll write more as I learn more.

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