The state Department of Children’s Services is moving to convert part of the Mountain View Youth penal center into a privately run treatment center, reports WBIR-TV.
Rob Johnson, DCS spokesman, stressed Thursday the Dandridge center itself will remain open. But the state argues that in its traditional role as a “secure” center for hardened juvenile offenders Mountain View is now underused. DCS announced the development Thursday afternoon.
Does "underused" mean the state wants to put more juveniles into lockup? Remember that the for profit prison industry lobbies heavily against de-criminalizing pot.
Think about that.
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