Reform School for Sale
"At Fred C. Nelles there were 274 reports of use of force mostly involving chemical restraints."
The facility began life with the usual good intentions as a co-ed reform school in 1891 before becoming the Whittier School for Boys, and eventually being renamed the Fred C. Nelles School for Boys after a longtime superintendent -- until it reached its final incarnation.
Above: Nelles' grounds in search of new tenants -- if you lived here you'd be in jail by now. Below: The Whittier State School for Boys, circa 1905.
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Before it falls into the hands of upscale developers, however, has anyone given thought to it becoming a low-security facility for drug offenders or other minimal-risk prisoners who are caught in the middle of the political debate about California's overcrowded prisons? Final bids are due November 20.