Milledgeville juvenile facility to close

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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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waugusta92
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waugusta92 09/12/09 - 01:34 pm
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Ga Gov makes a bad decision?

Ga Gov makes a bad decision? so shocked!

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mosovich 09/12/09 - 02:23 pm
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I'm from Milledgeville and

I'm from Milledgeville and that town has been hit REALLY hard due to plant closings and such.. Won't be long before the only employer will be the colleges and the city..

lulu
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lulu 09/12/09 - 04:40 pm
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Move the troubled teens in to

Move the troubled teens in to the Gov mansion..

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bassfisherman3 09/12/09 - 05:19 pm
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Another tactic to save money.

Another tactic to save money. Several years ago they closed down much of the mental hospital in Mill. Most of the mentally challenged went straight to county jails and prisons. These facilities are not designed to handle that case load of mental challenged. It save millions on one front and cost millions on the other, mainly in the county jails. So the residents of the county gets to boot the costs. Many of these juvies will no doubt land in county jails or prison. Or better back on the street where they cost us millions in property crimes and deaths.

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marien 09/12/09 - 08:27 pm
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LuLu I think that is a great

LuLu I think that is a great idea....

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honeyandcrys 09/13/09 - 01:20 pm
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It is unfortunate that this

It is unfortunate that this facility is closing, however, I have made several visits to this institution and I think that it was unsafe and unhealthy for our youth. They were like a bunch of breeding thugs down there with no direction.

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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 09/13/09 - 01:31 pm
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I visited the Milledgeville

I visited the Milledgeville YDC "boot camp" facility while in nursing school during the mid 1990s. Many of my classmates thought the enforced disciple was a great idea. I wasn't so sure. Not long after boot camps began to get a bad reputation. There was a juvenile's death in a Florida YDC. Studies also began to come out during the late 1990s that found boot camps are not generally an effective tool for giving errant teenagers discipline and a new direction. I think the closure of this facility is long overdue. JMO.

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