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County opens new Youth Transition Campus



A new Youth Transition Campus designed to be more homelike than a traditional detention facility is now open, the county announced Friday.

The Kearny Mesa campus will offer rehabilitative services that help its residents avoid problems with the law after they leave custody.

“Youth who make poor decisions should be given an opportunity to turn their life around,” Nathan Fletcher, chair of the County Board of Supervisors, said in a statement. “We want to help them avoid a lifetime of incarceration and find a path of meaning and purpose.”

The facility includes eight housing units along a curved, tree-lined pathway and a courtyard with a garden, basketball and handball courts. Residents will attend class on site, and can learn trades, such as welding, plumbing, culinary arts, media arts and information technology.

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