Teens fill The Richard Bean Juvenile Detention Center

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT)--More juvenile delinquents are headed to Knox County as the Taft Youth Development Center closes in Nashville.

For the past 95 years, the Taft Youth Development Center has been home to troubled teens with at least 3 prior felony convictions. The state shut down the facility because the building needed more than $37 million in upgrades.

For now, the Richard Bean Juvenile Detention Center will hold the teens until the state finds a more permanent home for them.

Richard Bean, superintendent of Knox County said "Today we have 21 youngsters that we're holding for the state which is more than we usually have."

While it might be concerning to have more troubled teens in the community, Bean says it could be a good thing.

"The state pays us $138.00 a day to keep the teens here. As long as the state keeps paying we will keep them here because the money helps us keep our budget in line." said Bean.

The Taft Youth Development Center will officially close July 13th.


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