Last week, the No New SF Jail Coalition celebrated a victory over two new jail proposals in San Francisco!
The proposals — a mental health jail proposed by District Attorney George Gascón and a new jail facility proposed by Sheriff Vicki Hennessy — were both rejected by the city’s work group on alternatives to the jail at 850 Bryant.
Through our hard work, we do not expect either of these proposals to advance to the Board of Supervisors this December. Instead, proposals should include bail reform, supportive housing, and other steps away from reliance on jails.
These victories result from years of hard work by our coalition to oppose jail expansion in San Francisco. Since our successful mobilization to defeat the jail replacement project last December, we have been consistently advocating our 8 Steps to a Jail-Free San Francisco. These steps call for an end to investment in policing and jailing, and a commitment to housing and services in community — not in cages. To make these steps more concrete, the coalition also produced a San Francisco Community Health Initiative report to show how this vision can be made a reality through non-carceral services and practices.
Now we want to bring you up to date with the progress we’ve made in the past year, and talk about what lies ahead. Join us for a town hall meeting where we will discuss why this fight is important, and how we will continue to organize for upcoming hearings at the Board of Supervisors.
See you there!
The No New SF Jail Coalition