The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce goes on record against a correctional facility locating in the LifeSkills building.
The LifeSkills building is in the process of being sold to Keeton Corrections, an agency that will operate an approximately 40-bed facility for state prisoners who are serving the last of their sentences.
Prisoners would be allowed off grounds during the day to work, but would be in lock-down at night.
The chamber's board of directors voted on Oct. 19 to oppose the sale.
They say the facility would threaten the quality of life that exists in downtown Bowling Green and could pose a threat to residents safety.
The board is especially concerned over reports that inmates housed at Keeton's Paducah facility have left the location and not returned.