Governor Almost Persuaded to Close Taft Youth Center

Gov. Bill Haslam tells the Chattanooga TFP that a controversial recommendation to close Taft Youth Center near Pikeville is “very persuasive.”
If the center is closed, its 90 or so teen inmates would be moved to four other centers scattered across the state under the proposal by Children’s Services Commissioner Kathryn O’Day, saving a projected $4.4 million.
“I still have some homework to do,” Haslam said. “But I think Kate’s basic argument of does it make sense to have four facilities that are 100 percent full and five that are 80 percent full is very persuasive.” ,,, Haslam said he is “particularly inclined” to go along with the proposal sooner rather than later.
He cited O’Day’s argument that many of Taft’s 167 employees should be able to find jobs at the nearby $208 million Bledsoe Correctional Complex, a prison for adults that’s slated to open in 2013
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