Horrendous Conditions at the San Francisco Hall of Justice Cry Out for Creative Solutions
San Francisco Administrator, Naomi Kelly, announced that the conditions of the San Francisco Hall of Justice are so horrendous that she is seeking to move all 350 inmates out of the building by 2019- all employees and administrators of the San Francisco District Attorney's office and the San Francisco police and sheriff's department would move as well.
Unions have been sending letters to Mayor Ed Lee indicating that the city has known for 25 years that the building is unsafe and “suffers from asbestos, lead paint, pests, rodents, sewage leaks, power outages, flooding, [and] consistently broken elevators.”
Organizations that signed this letter include the International Federation of Professional & Technical Engineers Local 21, the San Francisco Labor Council, San Francisco Municipal Employees Association, the San Francisco Police Officers Association, the San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council, and the San Francisco Municipal Attorneys Association.
The major obstacle to expediting the destruction of this building is finding an alternative location to house the inmates, given there are no current plans for a new facility and reducing the jail population could take years. Recommendations for reducing jail population include processing inmates more quickly, expanding electronic monitoring of defendants in lieu of confinement, adding more mental health beds around the city, and investing more into redirecting defendants into programs.
The Law Offices of Seth P. Chazin make every effort to help our clients avoid jail, sometimes coming up with creative solutions to make this happen. With conditions such as they are at the San Francisco Hall of Justice, our job in trying to keep our clients out of custody is that much more important.
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SF Gate: SF administrator wants to clear dilapidated Hall of Justice by 2019
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