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Debate in Del City over possible private prison

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DEL CITY, Okla. --Debate is raging in Del City over the possibility of a private prison moving on to the grounds of the old Howard Memorial Baptist Church building.

A grassroots group even papered the neighborhoods with flyers urging people to attend a city zoning and planning meeting about the project.

"We came home and it was sticking on the door," said longtime resident Dorothy Rains.

Center Point operates private prisons all over the nation.

The proposed plan would re-zone the church property and locate the prison right on the old grounds.

"It is a building, I'd like to see them help somebody, but I don't, you know, more things going on. We've had people cut our tires," said Jack Rains.

Del City leaders say they are aware of the public interest in the proposal.

"We've never had a zoning case that has had so many formal protests from residents, and that is worth a mention," said Tom Leatherbee, with the City of Del City.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the city's main municipal building.