Thurmond, Youth Draft Legislation to Create Supportive Transition Centers for Teens Exiting Juvenile Facilities

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Sacramento - AB 1488, authored by Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond), establishes juvenile transition centers that would provide reentry services and optional transitional housing for youth who were previously in a juvenile correctional facilities. This bill gives each county the flexibility to establish a center that provides temporary housing and other support for teens exiting juvenile facilities such as assisting with education, work training, health and mental health services, family and social health services, and legal services. 

According to studies, as many as 75% of youth released from correctional custody are rearrested for a new crime within three years of release. California also reports high rates of mental health disorders and substance abuse histories amongst this population.

“Every child deserves a real opportunity at a second chance,” Thurmond said. “Too often, youth leave juvenile detention and find themselves without resources or sometimes even a home. The lack of stability and support makes it more likely that youth will be rearrested. This bill creates a pathway for success for teens leaving the juvenile justice system.”

Last summer, Thurmond held a roundtable at the Capitol with youth from Camp Sweeney, a juvenile correctional camp facility. The youth were given the opportunity to educate stakeholders about their needs as well as learn about the legislative process. In attendance were legislators, Camp Sweeney students, education leaders, and social justice organizations. 

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Assemblymember Tony Thurmond represents the 15th Assembly District, comprised of the cities of Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Emeryville, Hercules, Kensington, Piedmont, Pinole, Richmond, San Pablo, Tara Hills, and a portion of Oakland.