Hemet City Council moves to prohibit private community detention centers for children and adults

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The Hemet City Council at its March 24 meeting, concerned that the city had a request from a private organization wanting to develop a community detention facility for unaccompanied minors, discussed prohibiting the facility, fearing it would threaten the health and well-being of its citizens. The council learned that a privately run detention facility may be prohibited in California Assembly Bill 32, but the city had no ordinances governing such a facility other than emergency shelters. The applicant, in making the request, noted they had already obtained land for the purpose. The staff reported that an ordinance that would prohibit any private detention facility, adult or juvenile would be needed; otherwise, if approved, it would cause other similar developments to come into the ci
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