No New SF Jail

After a 3 years of sustained organizing the No New SF Jail Coalition defeated the proposal to build a new jail in San Francisco on December 15th, 2015. Now we are working towards a jail-free San Francisco. Instead of signing blank checks for enhancing jail infrastructure the city needs to commit to permanently closing 850 Bryant and stop its reliance on policing and jailing to address social and economic issues. When over half of San Francisco’s jailed population is Black most prisoners remain locked up because they cannot afford bail and many prisoners are in need of mental health services. We know that jail renovation is no solution.

In late 2016 the No New SF Jail Coalition announced The San Francisco Community Health Initiative, a comprehensive people’s plan that prioritizes meeting social and economic needs in order to end imprisonment. The plan is backed by medical experts and city leaders and comes as the Board of Supervisors will be hearing proposals from city agencies, workgroups, and community organizations as to how to successfully close 850 Bryant without building a new jail. The No New SF Jail Coalition rejects the notion that mental health can be provided in locked facilities operated by law enforcement, such as the partially locked Behavioral Health Justice Center proposed by District Attorney George Gascon.
Contact the No New SF Jail Coalition at 510.444.0484 or


Sign our petition on behalf of your organization
Request a presentation on the harms of the jail proposal
Tell us what resources your community needs instead if a jail
Host a town hall or community event for your organization or the surrounding neighborhood
Make posters and flyers available at your organization
Write an OpEd or Letter to the Editor

Recent Press

Coalition that stopped new SF jail wins human rights award as jail system blasted by civil grand jury 7/19/2016
No new jail after S.F. supervisors refuse to allocate funds, SF Gate, 12/16/2015
San Francisco Says No to New Prison After Two Year Struggle, TelesurTV, 12/16/2015
Board of Supervisors Poised to Reject New Jail, SF Weekly, 12/15/2015
Supervisors Unanimously Reject New SoMa Jail Proposal, Hoodline, 12/15/2015
San Francisco: Supervisors vote against using state funds to build a new jail, San Jose Mercury News, 12/15/2015
SF supes unanimously turn down plan to build new jail, SF Examiner, 12/15/2015
San Francisco Supervisors Turn Down $80M Grant For New Jail, CBS Bay Area, 12/15/2015
San Francisco supervisors vote not to accept state funds to build new jail, KRON 4, 12/15/2015
SF supervisors unanimously reject proposal for new $240 million jail, KTVU, 12/15/2015
In S.F. jail debate, both sides point to humane treatment, SF Chronicle, 12/14/2015
All eyes on San Francisco Dec. 15: Tell Supervisors to vote for NO NEW JAIL, San Francisco Bayview, 12/13/2015
All Eyes on San Francisco: Stopping the Expansion of the Prison Industrial Complex, One Jail at a Time, Truth-Out, 12/11/2015
New Jail Could Be Approved Days Before It’s Rendered Unnecessary, SF Weekly, 12/2/15
Protesters turn out at hearing for proposed SF jail, force committee to go into recess, SF Examiner, 12/2/15
Protesters Take Over Budget Committee Vote on New Jail, SF Weekly, 12/2/15

Opponents of New San Francisco Jail Scramble to Head Off Project, KQED, 12/2/15
The time is now to stop the SF Jail, SF Bay View, 12/1/2015
S.F. supervisors need to press for answers on jail plan, SF Chronicle, 12/1/15
Opponents of new jail want housing, SF Examiner, 11/17/15
San Francisco should fund effective programs, not a new jail, SF Chronicle, 7/20/15
Plan for new S.F. jail facing resistance, SF Chronicle, 7/15/15
Projections of new county jail population raises hackles of activists who want no jail, SF Examiner 6/6/14
Californians gaining momentum against prison and jail expansion, SF Bay View 6/3/14
San Francisco Jails Half Empty: Sheriff, NBC 5/15/14
人權組織 盼參與加州減囚政策, World Journal 2/20/14
Lock Up the Vote: A New Jail May Never Fill Up with Inmates, but It’ll Hold a Lot of Favors, SF Weekly 2/5/14
SF Sheriff Doesn’t Want New Jail in San Bruno, San Bruno Patch 1/24/14
Smaller new jail might meet SF’s needs, report finds, SF Examiner 1/24/14
Activists Challenge Plans for New SF Jail, Beyond Chron 1/24/14
Supe Campos Says There’s The Possibility SF Doesn’t Need A Jail, SFPD Chief Says That “Just Isn’t Practical”, SF Appeal 1/23/14
Public safety officials weigh in on building new replacement jail, KTVU 1/23/14
Editorial: S.F. needs to go back to drawing board for right-size jail, SF Chronicle 1/23/14
Up Front Debate on SF Jail, KPFA 1/23/14
Supes approve funding request for jail construction, SF Bay Guardian 10/22/13
Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi Asks for Money to Build a Brand New Jail, SF Weekly 10/22/13
New thinking needed on San Francisco jail, SF Chronicle 10/21/13
Opponents decry proposal to build new San Francisco County Jail facility, SF Examiner 10/15/13
Editorial: San Francisco does not need costly new jail, San Francisco Chronicle 9/3/13
Need to replace S.F. County Jail questioned, San Francisco Chronicle 8/16/13
SF Sheriff’s New Jail Plans Faces Criticism From Activist Group, KCBS 6/25/13

CURB Press Releases

May 2014: Advocates Reject SF Controllers Jail Population Projections
May 2014: United Educators of San Francisco Pass Resolution Against New San Francisco Jail
January 2014: Communities Rally at San Francisco Hearing on Jail Replacement Project
October 2013: San Francisco Residents Continue to Fight Proposed Jail
August 2013: San Francisco Leaders Rally to Stop Proposed Jail
June 2013: Community Leaders Object to Secret San Francisco Jail Construction Plan


SFJail Platform: What we want, what we need
SF Jail Info Sheet
The People’s Report: Invest in People, not Police and Prisons
SF Jail Labor Analysis
CURB Response to Controller’s Jail Population Study Update memo 6/19/14
San Francisco Jail Fight Slideshow 01-18-2014
Download SF Jail Poster 1-18

The No New SF Jail Coalition is made up of the following organizations:

California Partnership
Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB)
Catalyst Project
Coalition On Homelessness
Community United Against Violence (CUAV)
Critical Resistance
Dignity & Power Now
EastSide Arts Alliance
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
Families with a future
Final Footprint
Flynn Law Office
Freedom Archives
Gray Panthers of SF
Haywood Burns Institute
Hospitality House
Human Rights Defense Center / Prison Ecology Project
LAGAI — Queer Insurrection
Mujeres Unidas y Activas
National Lawyers Guild SF Bay Area
Prison Activist Resource Center
Prostitution Research & Education
San Francisco Human Services Network
Shimtuh Korean Domestic Violence& Sexual Assault Program (KCCEB)
St James Infirmary
Student Peace Alliance
Taxpayers for Public Safety
Tenant’s Union
Western Regional Advocacy Project
Wild Equity Institute
YBCA Young Artists at Work