Dozens protest proposed faith-based prison

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

Leonard, TX -- Dozens gathered on the Leonard town square to protest a proposed faith-based prison Tuesday night.

The Leonard City Council went into executive session around 6:30 Tuesday night.

The council has reportedly decided not to enter into an agreement with Corrections Concepts Incorporated, the nonprofit group that proposed the faith-based prison.

Earlier this month, we reported that nearly 400 residents had signed a petition to oppose the proposed 500 bed, 330 inmate facility.

No word if the issue will be taken up again by the council.


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  • by cole Location: G'Ville on Feb 4, 2008 at 11:04 AM
    What is wrong with a faith-based prison. Many people who are in jail are there because they made wrong decisions, and NOBODY is PERFECT. Even though they are in jail does not mean that they have to have their religion taken away from them. Everyone seems be jugdgemental but everyone must remember GOD CAN ONLY JUDGE ME. It will be brought up (the crimes they commited) on judgement day
  • by Rhonda Location: Pottsboro on Feb 2, 2008 at 08:11 PM
    Sick of Crime, you know not of what you speak. I DO know. You DO NOT have to have a criminal history to end up in prison (at least not in Grayson County). NO...not all people in prison make a "deliberate decision to commit crimes". YES...crime is a spiritual problem at its' base, you admitted that yourself in your final sentence..."Maybe if they sought Jesus on the outside, they would never be on the inside". I've also seen several convicts "find Jesus behind the walls" and, when released, gone on to be counselors, pastors, speakers, etc. (Be careful when saying "never".) Texas needs some kind of program in prisons. Right now, it is all about punishment and humiliation, nothing else. Yet Texas has one of the highest percentages of recidivism in the nation. Something's not working. Maybe faith based is worth a shot. I, personally, think it's a wonderful thing.
  • by Bill Location: Southmayd on Feb 2, 2008 at 04:04 PM
    We dont want no Christians in Leonard, even if they are in jail.Duh,yep,yep
  • by Mork Location: Ork on Feb 2, 2008 at 05:08 AM
    Oh lord, I now have a groopie. Imposter. Some dude has followed me to Pro Cuts and copied my hair do! LOL
  • by mork Location: ork on Feb 1, 2008 at 06:27 PM
    i have come up with the idea that the new prison should be built in the yard of our wonderful judge of grayson county. that way he has his start on his new 140 million dollar jail that he and others want so badly. how about it judge ole boy what do yoou think some of them might even do your yard for you so you and your other flunkies of the county can play hide and seek
  • by Mork Location: Ork on Jan 31, 2008 at 01:20 PM
    Thanks KXII for the link. Interesting but it does cross the line between Church & State. I would not want any type of prison near my house - I don't care how many bibles they thump.
  • by Sick Of Crime on Jan 31, 2008 at 12:49 PM
    Doug, how is crime a "spiritual problem?" And,Grayson County Resident do you know how hard it is for one to be sentenced to prison? You say that you've been there! Absent a crime of extreme heinous violence then you had to work very hard to get there, i.e. several felony convictions. I don't have an opinion one way or the other on the center, but don't make these criminals sounds like they just accidently got themselves arrested. They make a very conscious and deliberate decision to commit crimes, it doesn't just happen by accident. And, bye-the-way, I've seen several convicts find Jesus behind the walls, he just never seems to leave with them upon their release. Maybe if they sought Jesus on the outside, they would never be on the inside.
  • by Athiest on Jan 30, 2008 at 02:50 PM
    Faith based prison? Sounds good for all the Christian Criminals.
  • by Grayson County resident Location: Grayson County on Jan 30, 2008 at 02:30 PM
    To all who criticize citizens for speaking against this proposed "faith-based" prison & against those who fought to keep the proposed half-way house out of Howe: Just how many of you have been in these citizens' shoes? Probably not many of you, if any. How about stop criticizing them unless you've actually been through a similar experience. Talk about glass houses. Stop acting as if YOU are too good and deserve to cast stones. Believe me, if it were coming to your community, you'de be raising hell, too. I know... I've been there.
  • by Anonymous Location: Sherman on Jan 30, 2008 at 01:49 PM
    You people on here that are all for this prison why don't you go and live next door to them
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