By Melissa Hernandez

San Francisco County Jail 4, located at 850 Bryant Street, has been slated for demolition since it was declared seismically unsafe in 1996. Twenty-four years later, 850 Bryant continues its legacy as the hub for San Francisco’s criminal justice system, doubling up as a real-life horror show for everyone who must step foot within its walls. Prisoners, visitors, and employees alike have reported rat and roach infestations, asbestos exposure, and a range of sewage and plumbing-related turmoil that could not be a better metaphor for the prison industrial complex if it tried. It goes without saying that each day that passes without permanently closing County Jail 4 only increases the danger of an avoidable catastrophe—especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has already found its way into County Jail 4.

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