Criminal Justice Reformers Launch “Debt Free Justice California”

Our office is proud to join forces with many criminal justice reform entities as a part of newly-launched Debt Free Justice California. The SF Public Defender’s Office has worked hard to reduce the fines and fees that many people face who have already served their sentence,  and also manage to reduce the cases with the most […]

Woman Acquitted of Charges in Alleged Attack on Barista

Woman acquitted of charges in alleged attack on barista

Public Defender’s Pretrial Unit Slashes Jail Stays: Study

By Evan Sernoffsky SF Chronicle David, a 76-year-old Vietnam veteran, found himself in San Francisco County Jail in mid-January after a fight with his abusive partner. He had no idea how to get a lawyer, how to get his HIV medication or when he’d even get out. “I had never been to jail and the […]

California’s District Attorneys Must Work to End Money Bail

Read the SF Public Defender’s op-ed in the San Francisco Examiner.

Troubled Judges Group Holding Up Bail Reform

California is on the precipice of overhauling its unjust bail system. Now, a group of judges, currently in apology mode over a party where revelers ridiculed incarcerated people of color, is lobbying for a watered down bail reform bill.

Public Defender Attorney Fights For Immigrants Stuck in Limbo

SF Examiner profiles our immigration attorney, Francisco Ugarte.

Why We Should Provide Lawyers to Immigrants Facing Deportation

President-elect Donald Trump’s plan to deport millions of immigrants is an attack on thousands of San Francisco families. The most effective way to defend them? Arm them with lawyers.

Progressives: It’s Go Time

Read Jeff Adachi’s article on the Trump presidency on Medium.

Contesting Bail to Take on Racial Disparities in SF Jail

PBS News Hour profiles the San Francisco Public Defender’s innovative Bail Unit.

Who Cares What Beyoncé Says?

I do. You should too.

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