HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – More than 160 minimum security inmates are moving from Ludlow to Holyoke in a couple of weeks.
Over the next three to four weeks, as many as 170 inmates from the Western Massachusetts Correctional Alcohol Center will be moving into the former Geriatric Authority of Holyoke.
The Hampden County Sheriffs Department and some of the inmates have spent the last three weeks cleaning up the Geriatric Authority building, a former city-run nursing home that went bankrupt. Security cameras have been installed, repairs have been made to the fire alarm system and to the inmates’ bedrooms.
But it is only a temporary 18-month stay.
Hampden County Sheriff Michael Ashe told 22News, “We hope to go back to Springfield. Mayor Sarno, the city council and department heads are working very closely with us, and we hope a private developer will come forward.”
The facility had to vacate their Howard Street location in Springfield to make room for the MGM Springfield casino. The inmates are currently being held at the County Correctional facility in Ludlow until they move.
The state will pay Holyoke $15,000 a month for rent plus utilities.