- Associated Press - Friday, September 9, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - Sex offenders released from prison will no longer be taken to a temporary housing location in north Phoenix.

Arizona Department of Corrections officials say they have been in communication with residents in the area who had expressed concerns over the temporary housing location in their neighborhood.

Released sex offenders now will participate in other programs and receive assistance that will help them reintegrate into society.

The Maricopa Re-entry Center off Interstate 17 and Pinnacle Peak Road opened several months ago and was designed to help released offenders find a home or a job as they transition back into society.

Those convicts housed at the facility included drug dealers, murderers and sex offenders.

Corrections officials say there are no plans to close or relocate the center.


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