Here are a few predictions when Taft closes:
1. O'Day will get her wish and fill up all the remaining institutions. Problem is, where will she put new commitments after that? Unlike her days in "private enterprise" she can't simply say "We are full up, you will have to find somewhere to put them
2.Staff and/or students are going to get seriously hurt. The other institutions do not have the capability to handle Taft students.
3.Tennessee will spend millions over the next few years to try and build secure housing for the most destructive kids. Housing that already exists at Taft
4.Haslam and O'Day will contract out the operations of the institutions to CCA and pay more and get less in the process
5.There will be one or more major riots within one year of taft closing
6.When everything hits the fan O'Day will blame Albert Dawson and he will also be canned for incompetence.
Everyone needs to remember, this is not about saving money, and it not about what is best for the kids. It is about POLITICS pure and simple. And if there is one thing that Haslam has shown, he couldn't care less about the kids as long as he can advance his political agenda. When people start getting hurt and it can all be traced back to closing taft, it will not bother O'Day or Haslam in the least. They will sleep soundly on mattress of the pain and suffering of staff and students. Their pillow will be the lost jobs and ruined lives of the people who lost their jobs. You have to wonder, did Haslam and O'Day have their conscience and morals surgically removed or is this just par for the course for all politicians.