New Youth Transition Campus Completed
A new Youth Transition Campus, designed to be less like an outdated correctional facility and more like a therapeutic, rehabilitative campus, is complete in the Kearny Mesa area of San Diego. The Youth Transition Campus supports young people with longer stays in custody and has been designed to reflect national best practices that promote positive youth development and staff well-being. The standards reflect the San Diego County Board of Supervisors’ commitment to provide the resources that help young people succeed and thrive.
“Youth who make poor decisions should be given an opportunity to turn their life around. We want to help them avoid a lifetime of incarceration and find a path of meaning and purpose” said Nathan Fletcher, Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. “This new campus is a place where young people who want to change their circumstances can receive the encouragement, treatment, education, support, and skills they need to get on a path to a better future.”
The Youth Transition Campus is where youth, ages 13 to 20, will reside after a true finding in juvenile court, and are committed to time in custody. Staff and 12 youth will move in the first week of February with more youth transitioning throughout the month.
This project is a LEED gold certified campus that will save taxpayers money by replacing an aging, facility with a modern, energy-efficient rehabilitative campus.