Board OKs budget that would close Milledgeville YDC

The state Board of Juvenile Justice voted today to close the Bill E. Ireland Youth Development Campus in Milledgeville by the end of the year. The YDC employs more than 300 people.

The board voted 10-4 to approve a Department of Juvenile Justice budget with cuts that include closing the century-old YDC, said department spokesman Steve Hayes.

“The members that voted no, the Bill Ireland (campus) was the impetus for that vote, that and the employees who are there,” Hayes said.

The 312 workers will keep their jobs until the YDC closes, which Hayes said would be in either late December or early January.

“There will be no immediate effect on the employees,” he said.

The budget will be submitted to the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget, which would adopt the proposal or make changes before the governor submits his budget to the General Assembly.

Gov. Sonny Perdue has asked all state departments to present program budget plans that cut spending by 4 percent, 6 percent and 8 percent.

For more on this story, read Friday’s Telegraph.