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Posted on Jul 30th, 2015

Neighbors and friends of the 10th District,
I share the many frustrations that have been shared with my office over the last few days about the proposed move of the District 9 Parole. Below are comments I shared Wednesday on my facebook page and the WKYT article that may provide some context.  The City has no jurisdiction or authority. It's extremely frustrating. Our only chance of fighting this is to put a swell of public pressure on the State decision makers.
Sign and circulate the petition created by neighborhood leaders
Please send your concerns to
Deputy Commissioner of Parole  Kimberly Potter Blair at 
Chief of staff for the governor is Larry Bond, Governor's Chief of Staff 
Please continue to send your concerns to media outlets
Circulate our facebook page for recent updates
Amanda Mays Bledsoe
10th District Councilmember
"Today I did an interview with WKYT concerning the recent state decision to move the District 9 Department of Corrections State Parole offices from downtown to 1055 Wellington Place near Palomar Centre. Since I was made aware of this last week, I have been working diligently to educate state policymakers on my concerns. This decision was made by the State Department of Corrections in the Executive Branch without regard to any input or consideration of local officials. I initially pursued questioning the appropriate zoning for parole offices but state agencies are exempt from all local zoning ordinances. Therefore, the city has no authority or jurisdiction in this decision. The lack of communication from the state agency to everyone in this community including business owners, neighbors, local and state elected officials is very disappointing. I immediately reached out to State Senator Alice Forgy Kerr and Representative Stan Lee for their help and appreciate their efforts to work on our behalf.  I want every one of the 3,000 parolees in Lexington to be successful but I am not convinced this location is ideally suited to do so. This location is not centrally located, convenient for public transportation, or the courts but it is in clear proximity to a day care, school bus stops and residential homes."