TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Nov 25, 2014

Gov. Bill Haslam began hearing from state agencies yesterday on their budget requests according to the Memphis Daily News. Among the first to meet with Haslam were representatives from the Department of Children’s Services (DCS), which has come under fire recently for rioting and escapes at one of its youth detention facilities. According to Fox 17 News, DCS Commissioner Jim Henry testified that he has ordered 144 locks to be installed at three facilities, though the agency is still in the process of getting legal authority to confine teens to certain areas. Critics of the current leadership say a better ratio of guards to teens is needed, which means an increase in funding for staffing. Everette Parrish, an attorney appointed to defend the civil rights of youths at Woodland Hills, says, “Without more budget, you will not see change … It’s paramount that they have more funding.”