Degraded is how the employees of Taft must be feeling after the way they have been treated....employees who have dedicated years and years of service to this state. They are told nothing, can do nothing without permission - i.e. graduation which had never required an approval -and have had people sent in to "lead" them who have less experience than the employees there. I would venture to say that this is costing the taxpayers money too !
WAY TO GO REALDEAL !!.......Finally, someone has the guts to speak the truth. Truth is something that has been obviously missing in this whole deal.
Especially the other institutions and to the local detention centers and courts WHEN there are no beds available in the state for juvenile offenders !! Will they just let them go home or place them in a non custodial placement. Better think about the consequences of this.....better keep Taft open !!!!!
I believe that acerigger may have hit the nail on the head....or could it be that the administration is looking for federal funding. There are very few federal dollars that go to DCS facilities so they probably want to place these kids in less restrictive placements and try to get federal funding. It seems to be just about the MONEY......not about the kids. Where in the world will they place the type of young men that Taft deals with? Most of them have had many previous placements that did not work....even at other DCS facilities. It is quite obvious that juvenile crime is rampid and this state has to have placements for aggressive, violent youth. Taft has always been the placement for the state's oldest and most aggressive kids. I know this because I worked there and found the job to be more than I could handle. The employees at Taft do an exceptional job with these kids and have a very high success rate. Many leave with a high school diploma or GED and a vocational skill that can open employment opportunities for them. The staff are dedicated to the success of the kids and have a wealth of experience. There is VERY LITTLE turn over at this center - many many employees have 20 plus years of service. Is the state really going to cause all of these people to lose their chance of full retirement when they have dedicated their careers to helping kids??? Like another comment said - SHAME ON YOU !!! These employees certainly haven't stayed at the center for the money because they aren't paid nearly enough for the tough jobs they do so the longevity of the work force speaks volumes for the institution. I wish them success in their efforts to keep their facility open because I personally know that the work they do can't be measured in dollars and cents - it can be measured by changing the lives of kids.........the state needs to RETHINK this proposal before they make a terrible mistake. I can't believe that this proposal would even be an option. It will be devastating for the employees, the regional economy and the kids if the facility closes.
And the State is proposing the closure of Taft Youth Center????????????????????
I CAN........FILL TAFT UP !!!!!
I worked at Taft for several years and decided the job wasn't for me - the kids there are HARD to handle and I applaud those who have dedicated themselves to the job at hand. I cannot imagine these kids being sent to places where younger kids reside. Taft can easily hold about 200 kids - WHY not look at moving the older kids from the other facilities there? They get most of them anyway because it has ALWAYS been the place that other facilities send their unmanageable kids.......I just DO NOT UNDERSTAND what is going on here !!!!!!!!!!
What is going to happen when Tafts kids are moved to places that house 14 year olds - even jails don't mix 14 with 18 year olds....looks to me like the liabilities would far outweigh any savings......!