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Lynwood : Council Reverses Approval of Detention Home for Boys

The City Council has rejected a proposal to convert a vacant convalescent home in a residential neighborhood into an unlocked 86-bed home for boys who have committed minor crimes.

The Lynwood Planning Commission approved the home on Sept. 4, but the council reversed the commission last Friday at the urging of outraged residents.

Genesys, a nonprofit organization, proposed the home, which would accept boys from 11 to 18 years old. The children would have lived, attended school and received spiritual guidance at the home, an alternative to state or county detention centers, said Genesys founder Rev. Alfreddie Johnson Jr., a former Lynwood resident.

Mayor Robert Henning directed the city staff to search the city for another location for the facility.

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