AWESOME ARTICLE, MR. COOK!! FINALLY SOMEONE GETS IT!! And that is very interesting about him forking out the dough for the Hardeman prison and the comment of budget cuts not being the most important thing. I guess the $9500 combined donations made a bit of a difference in that. Just a speculation, of course. But in the case of closing Taft, I don't think they are realizing the danger of their decision. The younger, weaker students that are not able to defend themselves will pay the price. I pitty the staff at other institutions because a lot of Taft's population is from other institutions for being extremely disruptive, assaultive and violent. What do you think is going through a 17 yr old's mind when they say they are sending him back to another institution with him KNOWING why they sent him to Taft? I know what goes on, he believes he will have the upper hand and will show it and act out to prove it. I just hope that other kids and/or staff do not get hurt in the process. DCS wants to move the girls to "privatization" so they can move some of the "hardest" boys to that facility (New Visions). That facility only holds 50 students (from what I hear). What are they going to do with the rest of them? And if they do put 50 boys there, what are they going to do with one when another in an institution acts out? Is it just going to be a revolving door? The one that's been there the longest gets released back into society to make room for the other disruptive student? OR are they going to send him back to another institution for him to reek havoc on staff and students again? They are making a big mistake and I hope they don't end up finding that out the hard way, after it's too late and Taft is gone. And the surrounding communities also, they will be in danger. There is nothing at that facility to hold them in. It is not a lock down unit. MONEY (the very thing they are trying to "save") will have to be put into it to make it a secure facility. Then, if they do that, aren't they defeating the purpose of saving money? I do believe and have believed from the beginning that it IS just the beginning of privatization of all institutions... And evidently, it's beginning with the girls. So, let's take a child that has murdered, raped, gang banged, heavily into drugs, guns at school and never been taught any different and let's put him/her in a privatized setting (I do believe this is comparable to a group home). With no locks to hold him/her in, no security to protect others, etc.. I could go on and on... But I think surely you get the point by now. Let's just do all that so someone can line their pockets with privatization. ARE THEY NUTS?? IF THEY CLOSE TAFT, IT WILL BECOME A SAFETY ISSUE FOR ALL! And that is NOT fair to those kids that need the help that Taft so evidently gives. They are the best of the best for the worst of the worst!
That's what I'm screaming! I do know that if I made that much money, I would probably know a little more about my department and who was responsible for making decisions!! And I would DEFINITELY like to know the answer if you can find it as to why he wasn't there. Sure shows how concerned he is. THAT is for sure.
So, what does everyone think about the meeting yesterday? I expected it to be a little more informative on her end. Wonder why Deputy Commissioner Dawson wasn't there? I would have hoped that the loss of such a great facility and 169 DCS positions would have been an important meeting to attend!!
And DEFINITELY a very big thank you to Representatives Sexton, Harmon, Cobb, Burks and also Senator Stewart and our Judges. And everyone who has done anything to help! Daddysgirl, YOU SAID IT!! You are absolutely right!! And thank you, too!!
Just looked it up and the two "Administrative Presence" that are there... one makes $4372 and the other $5086. This is MONTHLY, not including the perks of mileage, hotel and meals!! And the state is talking about saving money??!! That is not a way to save money! And yes, Real Deal, I'm sure if they do close Taft then all of a sudden it will NOT take that much money to fix it. Especially since it does not need that much in the first place! And Rebel Buck, that is an awesome quote and very true. But it does seem that the best interest of the kids have been left out of the equation by Nashville. And I do not see how they can expect to save 4.4 million by closing Taft. The are not taking into consideration the workman's comp claims or doctor bills on other students that will start flying once the kids that were placed at Taft by other institutions are placed BACK in those institutions after them not being able to handle them. You take a 16-18 yr old boy and put him in that situation with him KNOWING why he was sent to Taft and it will create nothing but chaos! And can anyone explain privatization? What does that mean for the students and the surrounding communities?
You took the words right out of my mouth, Real Deal. I have no idea what one makes but the other is about $4300 per month. That is ASIDE from the perks of mileage, meals and hotel costs. And I wonder why they fired the Superintendent? He probably wasn't giving them good enough information to shut it down. From what I understand, since the untimely, unexpected departure of the superintendent, there have been SEVERAL DCS and DOC personnel touring Taft. It is supposed to be a "proposal" in the budget that has not been approved yet and they are acting like it is a done deal!! I can not wait to be present on February 1st in Nashville to see what goes on and what is said. My guess is there will be a lot of dancing around the subject. DCS has been really good at that for a long time.
YOU GO, REAL DEAL!! I AM COMPLETE AGREEMENT! I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE TRUTH TO COME OUT! WANT SO BADLY TO HEAR THE EXPLANATION FOR THE $37 OR $24 MIL.. EITHER WAY!! BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW THERE IS DEFINITELY SOME MISINFORMATION SOMEWHERE!!!!
Wow.. I've been out of pocket for a bit. Tonight I have been on here reading the posts and MAN are you kidding, lovetheusaorleave? I mean really? Yes, they did state that the employees "SHOULD" be able to find employment at the new prison facility when it opens in 2013. BUT what about the unemployment rate in that county of nearly 11% already? That is higher than the state OR national average! I'm sure there are unemployed people that really needed those jobs! And no one has said for sure that everyone will get to go over there. The "should" was in there. That is just to make it sound good for the public. Fact is that is a totally separate department and there will be no transfers. Sure, anyone can APPLY for a position there, it does NOT mean they will get it. And furthermore, if you had been keeping up with this situation at all, you would know that those figures HAVE been disputed to Nashville. As it was quoted in one article, if we are tearing buildings down due to their age then the state capital was built in 1859! It has been stated over and over that renevations have been made to these buildings since the 80's. And Taft does not have the highest maintenance either! Fiscal Year 2011: Taft: $51,423.28 (BUT $16,486.80 of that was to the water plant) So to compare apples to apples you would need to deduct that making Taft 34,936.48..Woodland Hills spent $161,390.50, Wilder spent $67,208.63, New Visions spent $38,088.30, Mtn. View spent $36,069.45... hmmmm. Really? Taft spends more in repairs? I think not. Even if you left the water plant on there they would STILL be in 3rd place. And before you state it again, let me just clarify, I see that you are saying you hope it don't close but in the same paragraph you talk as if it should. I do understand that cuts need to be made. I just think they should be spread across the board instead of taking one big chunk at one spot which is going to be devastating to that area AND to the students it serves AND to the other institutions!
I'm with you on that one, annie53. I'm sure that child that was shot is afraid to voice that it was gang related for fear of it being worse the next time around. Gang members on the streets instill fear into other youth. That's not to mention the ones that are MADE to join a gang for fear of being assaulted or worse. Taft is a place for these juveniles to learn a different way of life other than gangs. Taft has all kinds of programs and the education programs are wonderful to serve these troubled youth that commit these crimes. Once again, Taft has the lowest rate of repeat offenders between all the institutions within 12 MONTHS after completing a program and being released back to the public. I believe that should speak for itself. WHY CLOSE IT?!
I really think that one of two things is happening here. Either someone didn't put a lot of thought/investigation into this decision OR this is part of a bigger plan. Again, I ask.. WHY WHY WHY close the facility that is the most productive in every area??!!! The statistics have proven that! I know I'm starting to sound like a broken record here but it just BAFFLES me! Everything stated has been either misinformed or fabricated! There is no way that Taft needs $37 million in repairs when it has had new counseling center, school and Security Complex building in 2006, boilers replaced in 2005, dorms and kitchen renovated in 1982, ... there are just too many figures proving it NOT TRUE!!
AND WOW!! $12,000 A MONTH!!??? A LOT OF PEOPLE BARELY MAKE THAT IN A YEAR!!