The closure of Taft Youth Center would be a terrible mistake as it would drastically impact the lives of 170 families and the local economy. I applaud the legislators on their efforts to help save and institution that helps save the lives of the states most serious juvenile offenders. They are obviously doing something right according to the statistics. In the article it mentions four other Youth Development Centers...I believe there are 3 others for males and the fourth being a facility for females. I have known many people through the years that have worked at the facility and they are all very dedicated to their cause. I know that several years ago, there was a new security complex, schools and treatment center built..so it is unreal to think that new dormitories and a kitchen would cost 37 million dollars. I believe that Mr. Sexton said that the dining room always has high inspection scores...this alone is alot better than some restaurants. It would be a shame to see this facility close...the local economy, the staff, and the young men would all suffer. I agree that Govenor Haslam should visit the facility and see exactly what services are provided before he makes a decision on the facilities fate. The young men in this facility are difficult to deal with...this type of youth require experienced and well trained staff. Taft has this now ...why take this away?