This is part seven in a series on the Juvenile Treatment Center, located just outside Mansfield. Throughout this series we will take an in-depth look into the program, find out what life is like for the offenders, workers and the impact it has on the area.
In this installment we will look at the impact the state takeover has had on the employees and what the future holds.
After the state takeover in 2016, former MJTC employee, Dana Adkins described the situation “as a powder keg ready to explode.” She and other long time employees dubbed the MJTC as top in the state at one time. However, she stated that over the past few years, it’s been in a “steady
So, what changes has the state implemented that has created this hardship? State Senator Terry Rice said the bureaucratic red tape is to blame. “Staff should be given what they need..
Currently, there are only two directors statewide that remain in those positions following the takeover. One of those is Mansfield Director, Mark
The state classifies Barton and the other employees at the facility
Low morale, burnout and low pay have led to a high turnover at the facility. “It’s a thankless job,” added the former longtime employee. “The state should be asking how they can help…It’s high mental stress dealing with these kids 12 hours a day .”
In the next and final installment, we will look at those proposed changes and benefits of privatization.