osh and Lauren Egan were newly married when they bought their first home in Rocky Hill, Conn., and were looking forward to raising a family in the Hartford suburb.
Now, they and other residents of their neighborhood worry that they will be living alongside child molesters, rapists and other ex-cons. The state has contracted with a private company to move severely ill prisoners — who are being paroled or released from prison for medical or compassionate reasons — into a former nursing home that sits right behind their house.
“It’s prisoners living next door, and it’s not one or two of them. It’s 95 of them,” said Josh Egan. “We’re going to call it what it is. It’s not a nursing home, it’s a prison. They are prisoners, coming from prison. My grandmother is in a nursing home. This is definitely not where I’d send my grandmother.”