The Federal Bureau of Prisons has removed the Eastern Panhandle as a possible location for operating a proposed halfway house, according to the government’s business opportunity website for contractors.
The government narrowed possible locations for the proposed “Residential Re-Entry Center” in northern West Virginia to Barbour, Doddridge, Harrison, Lewis, Marion, Taylor or Upshur counties, according to an amendment to its request for proposals posted online Aug. 15 at www.fbo.gov/.
An April 30 pre-solicitation notice for the Bureau of Prisons indicates the government initially requested proposals to provide a residential re-entry center within any of 25 northern West Virginia counties listed in the online announcement. The list included all of eastern West Virginia, including Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties.
In a memo Berkeley County officials received last week, Wallingford, Pa.-based MinSec Companies indicated that it decided against pursuing the opportunity to provide the residential re-entry services for the Bureau of Prisons.
The company had previously notified the county that it was considering locating such a facility at 54 GM Access Road near Martinsburg to help people transition from prison back to their hometowns in the region.
The proposal prompted calls of concern and opposition from residents, Berkeley County Administrator Deborah Hammond said in Thursday’s Berkeley County Council meeting.
In a brief interview Thursday, MinSec spokesperson Kate Philips declined to elaborate on the company’s decision, other than to say it was internal.
MinSec provides similar services at seven facilities in Pennsylvania, Philips said.