After public outcry, Webster Parish Sheriff Gary Sexton withdraws his request to turn vacant Union Elementary School into a work release facility to house inmates.
It would be a chance for inmates to work out in the general public unassisted, make money to support their families, and pay child support.
Sexton's idea was to transform the decaying school into a place of progress for at least 100 inmates. It would not be open to violent offenders or sex offenders.
However, it only sits roughly one mile from Doyline High School and some neighbors say they'd like to see the building used for community efforts.
"It's just going to fall down and increase in crime. I feel less secure living here now than I did before it closed," next door neighbor Judith Holmes said.
"I've always said from day one, if the consensus of the general population doesn't want it there I will drop my request," Sexton said.
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