Milledgeville juvenile facility to close

ATLANTA — Georgia's Board of Juvenile Justice has approved budget cuts that include closing the Bill E. Ireland Youth Development Campus in Milledgeville by the end of the year.

The Milledgeville YDC is the state's oldest detention facility for juvenile offenders. It employs more than 300 people, and state officials say closing it will save $18.5 million.

Milledgeville Mayor Richard Bentley says he's "extremely disappointed" by the board's decision.

Bentley said he will talk to state Sen. Johnny Grant, R-Milledgeville, about appealing the decision to Gov. Sonny Perdue.

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