It is extremely evident that Haslem and O'Day care nothing about the kids, only money that they say they can save... WHAT IS A KIDS LIFE WORTH??????
Laughing Boy, it has to do with presonal drive. The employees at other institutions are there for one reason, to make a paycheck. The employees at Taft have a different mindset. They are there to make a difference. When the employees at Taft send a child home from Taft, it's not unusual to recieve a phone call two or three months later from that child telling them how they are doing, checking on that employee and others that worked with the child. Taft employees are not in the business just for the payday, but rather to see the "light" come on and be able to see the child mature. Taft employees make that difference, see the child grow, instil that confidence that one needs to succeed in life. NO other developement center does this and it's not something that can be "taught" to other employees. It is something that has evolved over the years by the employees, passed on to other newer employees as they have come to work there.
The ole Forrest Gump saying is so correct, Stupid is as Stupid does. Haslem and O'Day are more interested in making money off of the state than doing what is right for our kids. This is an unfortunate situation because kids and employees at other institutions will get hurt, institutions will be destroyed, and the cost will FAR outweigh the few millions they think they will save.
It's not too late, BUT will any of the legislators, other than the ones that have spoken out, stand up to Haslem and demand Taft stay open??
Mr. Cook, I want to thank you once again for bringing light to the darkness that Ms. O'Day keeps trying to keep the legislature in. PLEASE keep shining the light on this lady(and I use that lightly)that is trying to destroy the best, and will wait for the rest to fail, and then create a "private industry" that will grease her palm.
THANK YOU MR.COOK!!!!
O'Day says we are at lower than capacity, has she counted the 70+ kids that are in detention now waiting to be placed into the system?? She was called out on her lie about the number of kids and the percentage of capacity,, what will be her excuse for not counting those kids? Sounds to me that she continues to try to "pull the wool" over the eyes of the legislature. Once again using some kind of cover for her "new endevor"
Mr. Haslem, Ms. O'Day..WHAT IS A CHILD'S WORTH???? Would the parent of a child say that their child is worth let's say a thousand dollars? a hundred thousand?? five hundred thousand?? As a parent, there is NO price that anyone can place on a childs life, on their education, their ability to provide for themselves when the parent sends their child out into the world. How in the world can you even consider placing a price tag on these kids????
It's hard to convince a dictator style businessman that it's NOT about making another fortune off of kids that need an education more than anything else in this world, IT'S ABOUT KIDS!!! Mr. Cook is so absolutely correct. Haslem and O'Day are arranging a new business for themselves..Juevenile corrections. They obviously DON'T care about the kids, only their pocket. Mr. Lindsey made a fantastic change in his own life, with the help of some dedicated employees. He was given the guidance he needed, and he took "the ball, and ran with it". Kudos to Mr. Lindsey, and bigger kudos to those staff members that pushed him to get his education, and self confidence.
Haslem and O'Day set in their offices, or run all over the state, but won't actually come to Taft to see the miracles happen. SHAME ON YOU! Keep this place of miricles OPEN! The kids need more miracles!
We've been doing this same thing for at least 30 years. We are here to make a difference for the lives of the kids we serve. Evidently the Governor's agenda is to "save money" at the expense of of our young men. These kids need the education and vocational training in order to be productive. (you know, be able to get and keep a job) It is evident that it is more important to him to privatize and make money under the table!
We NEED the public's help. Please contact your legislator's, make them aware that Taft needs to stay open. NOT just for the employees, but for the KIDS we serve. Their education and their future are depending on it!
Hey, Gov. Tell me how Taft is only 70% full when Davidson County Juev Detention has over 160 kids, Putnam County Juev Detention has over 110, and at Columbia Juev. Detention the kids are sleeping in the floor because each is overcrowded. Make O'Day open the door and bring the rest that should be in DCS into the system and see how that percentage changes!!
Wise...not so much. Let's close Taft, let's send the 18 year old 6'4" 250 lb. gang bangers, murderers, rapists to the same institution with the 13 year old kids that won't go to school or shoplifted one too many times. Lets see how many kids get hurt, raped and how many employees get beat up. His whole plan is to privatize Childrens Services and make himself a fortune. Lets save a dollar and sacrifice the kids. It may be your kid or mine that makes a mistake and ends up in DCS. Are you willing to give up on the kids so that this guy can make a fortune from your tax money??? I'm Not!!
Let's start from the top. We get the privilage of paying O'Day $12,000.00+ a month. It appears that we have been paying a puppet for big business for over a year now. It is obvious that she is either incompidant, or smart like a fox. At any meeting she is called to, she either doesn't recall when asked a question, or doesn't have the information. I would hate to know that I had an employee that was that ignorant. Does she think that the public is that dumb??
Let's look at the situation. She/Haslem want to close Taft. Oh, we're going to send the students there to the OTHER institutions. Taft got over half of the students they have now from other institutions because they were violent/aggressive there and they couldn't control them. What has changed?? What will change is that with Taft closed, there will be no place to send the unruly students that the other institutions can't control. Smaller kids will get hurt, employees will get hurt and she will have developed the perfect scenio to privatize all of the institutions, and I would bet my last paycheck she owns stock in CCA!!
The arrogant commissioner says she will make mace available to the other institutions, yet doesn't even know her own departments policy. She cannot authorize mace, that approval would have to come from Davidson County Court. (see Doe vs. State of TN.)
I understand that there are over 150 kids in Davidson County Juevenile Detention, over 100 at Putnam County Detention and at Columbia Detention the kids are sleeping in the floor. And the department will not accept any of them into the system. HUH?? She says that the department should be run efficently, and at capacity... add 250 + kids to the equation and the whole picture changes. What's up with that?
Real easy to see that either she doesn't have a clue about running the department, or is deliberately colapsing the department from the inside out!
Haslem, if you want to streamline government, eliminate about half of the 27 pages of employees for DCS central office, starting with your wife's buddy at the top!