Pushing ahead on her efforts to stop the current closure proceedings at the Preston Youth Authority, Assemblywoman Alyson Huber, D-El Dorado Hills, has announced that the Assembly Committee on Public Safety has scheduled her legislation, AB 8, for hearing at 9 a.m. March 15 at the State Capitol.
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AB 8, introduced by Huber last December, seeks to temporarily halt the closure of the Preston Youth Correctional Facility. The measure delays the closure process at any youth facility for a period of six months. During this time frame the Legislature and the governor can examine the decisions of CDCR, as they begin to address how to best serve the youth offender population. AB 8 also states that employee staffing may not be cut, instead keeping staff at levels the same as before the closure was announced last October.
“This will not be an easy fight, but it is the right fight for Amador County and for the dedicated employees and their families who have given so much to Preston and to the state of California,” Huber said.
“I hope to convince the committee that it not in anyone’s best interest, including the youth we are rehabilitating, to close down the most successful facility in the state, without a thorough and fair evaluation” she added.
Letters of support for AB 8, to be submitted to the Assembly Committee on Public Safety, can be e-mailed or sent to Huber’s office at [email protected] or Office of Assemblwoman Huber, PO Box 942849, Sacramento 94249.
For more information, please visit asm.ca.gov/huber or call 916-319-2010.