ET Judges Join Opposition to Taft Closing

Marion County Juvenile Court Judge Jay Blevins says a judicial delegation encompassing the entire East Tennessee region is opposing Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to close Taft Youth Development Center at Pikeville, reports the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
“Everybody in East Tennessee, both Republicans and Democrats, have stated their objections to it,” he said. Taft is the oldest facility of its kind, Blevins said, and it’s also the best. “Their recidivism rate is as good as it gets,” he said.
“It’s no Harvard or Princeton, but it is a facility where these kids can get an education. I certainly utilize Taft every week. It would be a shame to see the facility shut down.”

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