Achievements and Awards
- The Office receives the American Bar Association’s 2006 Dorsey Award, given to a public defense office that has demonstrated exceptional work and an outstanding commitment to justice.
- The Clean Slate Program opens in a fourth neighborhood – the Mission District – and helps 2,400 rehabilitated persons clear their criminal records.
- Reentry Unit, comprised of social workers, is established to help former prisoners obtain housing, mental health, education and employment services.
- Over 2,000 backpacks filled with supplies are distributed to children and youth in Bayview-Hunter’s Point in a giveaway hosted by BMAGIC.
- MoMAGIC program is introduced to the Western Addition.
- The Office receives two Bar Association of San Francisco awards for achievements in gender and ethnic diversity.
- Research unit files a writ in the California Supreme Court challenging the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s policy denying juvenile parolees the right to an attorney at parole revocation hearings.
- The Clean Slate Program is awarded the Mayor’s Fiscal Advisory Committee’s Public Managerial Excellence Team Award.
- The Clean Slate Program opens two new satellite locations in Visitacion Valley and in the Western Addition/Fillmore community.
- With the Zellerbach Family Foundation’s support, the office establishes the first “Children of Incarcerated Parents” program, to help minor children of a jailed parent access support services and assistance.
- The Office calls for a city-wide moratorium against sentencing juveniles to the CYA. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution supporting the moratorium, and 11 counties followed San Francisco’s lead.
- The Clean Slate Program joins with Mayor Gavin Newsom’s Project Homeless Connect to provide expungement services for the homeless and others in need.
- The Office launches “MAGIC”(Mobilization for Adolescent Growth in our Communities), aimed at providing positive opportunities for youth to keep them from entering the juvenile justice system.
- The Office holds its first Juvenile Justice Summit at the Civic Center Main Library. Entitled “Raising Up Our Youth: Building Safer Communities,” the one-day summit brings 200 youth, parents and youth advocates together to discuss the difficult issues confronting young people in the juvenile justice system.
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