Chance to reconsider?

LETTER

Re: ‘Not in our neighbourhood’, July 7 webpoll story.

I agree with this article’s concluding comment: “Everyone deserves a second chance.” The writer, as a close neighbour, expresses a more realistic view.

I reiterate from my earlier “Don’t let paranoia rule” letter, it is possible you are in as much danger from community members who have not yet been convicted of a felony. At least let’s give the ex-prisoners a chance.

Bob Hughes

Yes, I agree everyone deserves a second chance. Many of these people get more than one second chance, and ruin it for the rest.

About the supervision, there is none and that is a very big concern. Where people get the idea it is supervised, I don’t know. There are only cameras there. Better than nothing, I suppose, but the ex-prisoners can commit a crime before they check if they have left the premises or not. That’s like closing the stable door after the horse has bolted.

It is a big “no” from this household to having a Corrections house a couple of houses away from us.

Lesley Lincoln

Re: Bridges hears neighbours’ anger, June 29.

How about relocating the halfway house to Simon Bridge’s or Anne Tolley’s community? And I’m not “just saying”.

Bessie

I agree with the residents of Abbott Street. These people have resided there for years, now their lives have been disturbed by the Corrections Department.

The property is owned by Housing NZ, so why aren’t they taking responsibility for allowing the property to be used for rehabilitating prisioners? Is this just an easy way of getting a higher rent?

There are families out there waiting for homes, so why don’t they come first? Or are they not as important?

Frustrated

Re: ‘Not in our neighbourhood’, July 7 webpoll story.

I agree with this article’s concluding comment: “Everyone deserves a second chance.” The writer, as a close neighbour, expresses a more realistic view.

I reiterate from my earlier “Don’t let paranoia rule” letter, it is possible you are in as much danger from community members who have not yet been convicted of a felony. At least let’s give the ex-prisoners a chance.

Bob Hughes

Yes, I agree everyone deserves a second chance. Many of these people get more than one second chance, and ruin it for the rest.

About the supervision, there is none and that is a very big concern. Where people get the idea it is supervised, I don’t know. There are only cameras there. Better than nothing, I suppose, but the ex-prisoners can commit a crime before they check if they have left the premises or not. That’s like closing the stable door after the horse has bolted.

It is a big “no” from this household to having a Corrections house a couple of houses away from us.

Lesley Lincoln

Re: Bridges hears neighbours’ anger, June 29.

How about relocating the halfway house to Simon Bridge’s or Anne Tolley’s community? And I’m not “just saying”.

Bessie

I agree with the residents of Abbott Street. These people have resided there for years, now their lives have been disturbed by the Corrections Department.

The property is owned by Housing NZ, so why aren’t they taking responsibility for allowing the property to be used for rehabilitating prisioners? Is this just an easy way of getting a higher rent?

There are families out there waiting for homes, so why don’t they come first? Or are they not as important?

Frustrated

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