The Help Not Handcuffs Coalition holds a rally at the Allen County Courthouse demanding prison reform

FORT WAYNE, Indiana (WANE) – The Help Not Handcuffs Coalition held a rally at the Allen County Courthouse Saturday afternoon calling for prison reform and the abandonment of the proposed new prison site in southeast Fort Wayne.

Dozens of people showed up for the event outside the courthouse.

In addition to scrapping the proposed jail location, the coalition wants the Allen County Board of Commissioners to adopt a “care first, jail last” culture by releasing minor offenders with certain conditions, according to a Friday news release.

Commissioner Therese Brown said Friday the southeast Fort Wayne site remains a “last resort.”

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Dais Johnston

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