ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Parents, kids and youth-program supporters took to the street Wednesday to protest the move of a state Probation and Parole Division office to downtown Albuquerque.
The new location in an office building near First Street NW and Lomas Boulevard just steps away from a youth center.
Members of Warehouse 508 youth center are concerned that criminals and other offenders going to the Plaza Maya building will be dangerously close to kids going to the warehouse.
"They're going be bringing in nearly 10,000 parolees into this building right down the street a little over 100 feet from the front door of (Youth Development Inc.), Warehouse 508 and YMCA," Valeria Ojeda said. "It's just not going to be a safe and secure area for the youth."
The purchase of the Plaza Maya building for Probation and Parole is not a done deal. It still has to go through the state Board of Finance for final approval.
Probation and Parole has made one concession saying it won't require registered sex offenders to visit the building.