Youth Development Center In Kinston Could Close

State legislators continue to figure out ways to balance the state budget, and that means the Dobbs Youth Development Center in Kinston may be shut down.

Tuesday, the house subcommittee on justice and public safety proposed to slash 171 million dollars from the Department of Correction and 36 million from the Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

This proposal would force the school that has been there since 1944, to close its doors.

In the same proposed cuts-- the Smarakand Youth Development in Moore County would close along with eight state prisons and nearly 2,000 various positions in the state Department of Justice.


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  • by Anonymous on Jun 12, 2009 at 01:13 PM
    These decisions carry large consequences. With outreach programs and community resources being cut left and right, both juveniles and adults are losing the early interventions that once existed. Without these, it is likely that corrections will see an increase in the population of all offenders. These youth development centers and prisons not only not need to stay open, but they will also need to provide services that are being lost elsewhere.
  • by pnik hill on Jun 6, 2009 at 05:59 AM
    I agree with the earlier poster that said let the offenders move in next door to the legislators. Therwill be a huge increase in crime with these punks back out on the streets.
  • by Wanda Location: Kenansville on Jun 5, 2009 at 05:38 PM
    Witn, I do not see my earlier post.
  • by Ramon Location: Wilson on Jun 5, 2009 at 10:22 AM
    Before the decision is made to close the doors at Dobbs a safe and solid plain need to be put in place because the children will not be properly treated for their problems and the community safety should be first.
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Jun 5, 2009 at 04:17 AM
    Let the offenders thast are going to be released from jail move in next door to our legislators. Then they will find a way to keep them in prison
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Jun 4, 2009 at 09:45 PM
    The last thing this state needs is less facilities to house all of our repeat offender thugs. If the state turns these hopeless cases back out on the streets of Greenville, Kinston, Oak City, Robersonville, Williamston, Rocky Mount, Goldsboro and Wilson, think about how bad these already violent crime infested areas will be.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jun 4, 2009 at 08:35 PM
    At Caswell, everyone has to take a pay cut and a furlough of 10 hours, yet there are retirees working there that are drawing their retirement plus a salary from the state. These people should have been sent home first.
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