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Nampa rejects halfway house

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Nampa rejects halfway house

By Associated Press. CREATED Aug 19, 2014

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) -- Officials in Nampa have rejected a plan to open a halfway house for federal inmates.

Pioneer Human Services currently has residential facilities in more than 50 locations across Washington state. Vice President Steve Woolworth told the Idaho Press-Tribune that the company provides transition assistance, behavioral health and job readiness programs for homeless veterans and people with substance abuse and criminal histories.

The Nampa facility would have served federal inmates with less than 12 months remaining on their sentences who indicated they wanted to live in Idaho after their release.

But after hearing from several potential neighbors of the halfway house during a meeting Monday, Nampa City Council rejected Pioneer Human Services' plan, contending the facility wouldn't be a good fit for the neighborhood.