If you haven’t been hit by the realization that California has transformed into a prison state in recent years, you might want to prepare yourself.
Starting Saturday, the state’s criminal justice system will be coming to an area near you, in the form of recently released inmates, freed from lockup under California’s sweeping “realignment” plan to reduce overcrowding in state prisons. Read More
About 650 new prison inmates are coming to San Francisco over the next year, and many of them won’t be behind bars.
Hoping to push successful rehabilitation strategies not involving incarceration, San Francisco officials announced Tuesday that they want to create a new commission to discuss the issues. Read More
One of three men charged in the alleged November beating of two Mexican nationals by members of a white supremacist skinhead group has pleaded guilty and will testify against the others, according to prosecutors. Read More
District Attorney George Gascón’s stance on the death penalty came under fire Tuesday.David Onek, who has pledged to forswear the death penalty if elected district attorney, has accused Gascón of flip-flopping on the issue. Read More
District Attorney George Gascón is coming under fire once again from three of his opponents in the November election.This time Sharmin Bock, David Onek and Bill Fazio are calling on Gascón to publicly release a memo from former prosecutor and DNA expert Rockne Harmon, who was hired by the District Attorney’s Office after the Police Department’s 2010 crime lab fiasco. Read More
A bill reconsidering life sentences without parole for children — which had drawn the support of child advocates, mental-health professionals, civil-rights groups and San Francisco’s district attorney — failed in the state Legislature Thursday. Read More
Several district attorneys and other officials from counties around the Bay Area met in San Francisco on Wednesday to discuss recent California legislation that will soon put many offenders and parolees under local rather than state supervision. Read More
Three of District Attorney George Gascón’s opponents in the November election pounced on Gascón’s statement late Friday that he was done investigating allegations of corruption regarding a campaign to get Mayor Ed Lee to run for mayor. Read More
Dozens of accused murderers languish in San Francisco jails as judges struggle to find open courtrooms, prosecutors labor under heavy caseloads and defense attorneys search for witnesses who might prove their client’s innocence.
Meanwhile, memories fade, cases grow years old and victims’ families lose hope for justice. Read More
There is “insufficient evidence to proceed with any further investigation” into the Chinatown-backed campaign to get Ed Lee to run for mayor, District Attorney George Gascon said in a statement released Friday.Gascon made the decision after consulting the Attorney General’s Office as to whether there is a conflict of interest with him conducting the investigation as his opponents in the district attorney’s race have suggested. Read More