Mount Vernon residents are afraid of the view
Neighbors near the Mount Vernon Hospital feel like prisoners within their own homes after seeing convicts walking to close for comfort.
Two years ago, the non-profit hospital obtained an eight year contract with the State Corrections Department. Since then, residents claim vans transporting inmates with various medical needs have been parking up and down their streets.
Homeowners in the area say they feel unsafe, wondering if or when an inmate may break free of the shackles and handcuffs used to escort them. Another concern is over the close proximity of young children and these health-impaired prisoners.
Mount Vernon Mayor Ernie Davis has heard residents? fears and says he will sit down with hospital officials to figure out a better way of moving prisoners through the neighborhood.
A meeting has been set to form a neighborhood watch program and in June residents hope to discuss plans with city leaders and hospital officials.