CHAPTER 322

PROVIDING THAT OLD DETENTION HOME BE USED FOR PERSONS ON PROBATION

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 489, VOLUME 50 LAWS OF DELAWARE, (1955-56) AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE USE OF THE OLD DETENTION HOME AS A TEMPORARY PLACE OF RESIDENCE FOR PERSONS ON PROBATION OR RELEASED FROM CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS.

WHEREAS, it has been recognized that there are many persons who are placed upon probation or who are released from the correctional institutions of this State, who have no place to stay pending their obtaining employment and no financial or other resources to help them in making an adjustment to the Community, and that such persons require assistance in their family, work, mental and emotional problems; and

WHEREAS, the old Detention Home located at 308 West Street, Wilmington can be advantageously used as a temporary residence, to assist for short periods of time, offenders placed upon probation or released from our correctional institutions so they may become adjusted to the community under some supervision; and

WHEREAS, said use of the old Detention Home would be within the public interest by assisting in the rehabilitation of offenders so they can become contributing, law abiding citizens in the community, resulting in savings to the State and community; and

WHEREAS, The Prisoners Aid Society of Delaware has agreed to make use of the old Detention Home for the purposes above stated, costs to be borne by the Society and without cost to the State.

Section 1. Section 2 of Chapter 489, 50 Laws of Delaware is hereby repealed.

Section 2. The Governor of the State of Delaware, acting in the name of the State of Delaware, is hereby authorized to lease the premises and old Detention Home located at 308 West Streets Wilmington, Delaware, together with any furnishing not required for the new Detention Home, to The Prisoners Aid Society of Delaware for the purpose of using and operating the same as a place of accommodation for persons released from any correctional institution or placed upon probation by any Court in this State, said lease to be for a period not exceeding three years, without rent, but under such terms and conditions as the Governor in his judgment shall deem proper under the circumstances, so long as the said use and operation shall be without cost or expense to the State of Delaware.

Section 3. The Prisoners Aid Society of Delaware, at the expiration of one year of use of said premises, and at such other times as it may be called upon, shall report to the Governor and the General Assembly with respect to the use of said premises and with respect to the need, desirability and feasibility of the continued use of said premises as a temporary residence for persons released from the State's Correctional Institutions or who have been placed upon probation, and with such recommendations as shall appear proper.

Approved February 6, 1958.