MADISON, AL (WAFF) - The Three Springs juvenile facility will continue to operate where it is.
The Madison City Council renewed the facility's business license Monday night, but there are some conditions. Three Springs must conduct a safety audit and send it to the City Council within 90 days.
This is in response to safety concerns following the escape by two teens last August. Those teens were charged with killing a man during the escape.
Ever since this incident, community members have been on edge, debating whether or not Three Springs should stay in town.
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The facility is owned by a company called Sequel. Representatives for Sequel highlighted some security upgrades, like additional fencing, more alarms, and remote camera access.
Mayor Paul Finely did not comment on the future of the facility and whether or not it will be moved.
"I believe that the decision I made was the right one for the citizens of my district and for Madison. That was not the consensus. Again, I respect Council and the process we go through to reach our collective decision," said Councilwoman Maura Wroblewski. "I am disappointed that only two residents spoke while there are thousands living in close proximity of the facility. Is that an indicator of apathy or trust in the facility?"
"I remain hopeful that Three Springs continues to improve its security measures as it does serve a need. I have expectations that DHR/DYS will also continue to closely monitor this facility for the protection of our residents as well as those entrusted in their care," Wroblewski said.
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