Residents of a New Jersey neighborhood are up in arms over a plan to turn a prison into a facility strictly for sex offenders. Republicans and Democratic lawmakers put partisan politics aside and led rousing speeches to a crowd of people who say they don't want these criminals in their communities. South Woods State Prison, New Jersey's largest prison, would house 358 sex offenders who have served their sentences, but are being detained because of a perceived risk of recidivism. They are currently housed in North Jersey facilities. Residents said they would consider moving out of the neighborhood or even out of state to protect their children, though apparently they didn't entertain the same consideration before now, when just murderers were their next-door neighbors.
[Image of the interior of the New Jersey statehouse.]