Sunday, February 18, 2018

Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond), introduced a bill that implements a tax on private prisons that operate in California. The tax revenue generated by the bill will fund preschool and after-school programs. Among other benefits to participants, these programs are known to lower the likelihood of incarceration.

“Every child deserves an opportunity at a high-quality education,” said Thurmond. “Students who have access to early education and after-school programs show higher test scores and increased engagement in school. This bill will invest in programs that promote educational equity.”

Current active contracts between private prisons and the Department of Correction and Rehabilitation total over $200 million. The proposed corrections budget this year alone totals $12 billion. In comparison, the state spends relatively little on programs known to prevent incarceration.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Assembly Bill 1488, introduced earlier this year by Thurmond, would require each county in the state to form a teen transition center. A “one-stop shop,” with temporary housing, counseling services and job help, said Thurmond. Teens could opt-in for the services; as opposed to having it be required by their probation officers. It’s expected to be heard in committees in the legislative cycle beginning in January.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

After a string of recent deaths, NBC News’ Kate Snow explores the risks associated with sedation in dental offices. A growing chorus of advocates including pediatricians and lawmakers are calling for change.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Over $35 million in funding was awarded to schools through a law authored by Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond)/ AB 1014 was signed into law last year the Early Intervention Attendance Grant Program provides grants to schools seeking to resolve attendance problems for pupils in grades K-3.

“I am thrilled to see that our schools are taking advantage of the funding that has been made available to keep our most vulnerable students in school,” said Thurmond. “AB1014 will have a significant impact on our young learners, and assist school districts in their work towards getting all children to school every day.”

The California Learning Communities for School Success Program (LCSSP) provides funds to the Local Education Agency to support programs aimed at improving student outcomes by reducing truancy and supporting students who are at-risk of dropping out of school or are victims of crime.

Monday, May 15, 2017

RICHMOND, Calif. (KGO) -- Officials in the East Bay are issuing a warning to the shooters who have been terrorizing freeways in the area that they will soon be on camera.

Monday, May 15, 2017

HAYWARD (CBS SF) — Two people exiting Interstate 880 in a truck were wounded in a shooting late Sunday night, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Two people were shot and injured on an Interstate 880 off-ramp in Hayward late Sunday, according to the California Highway Patrol.