Public Defender Summit to Focus on Use of Force

Melissa Harris-Perry will be the keynote speaker at the May 25 event. Register now!

A Sensible Bill to Curtail the War on Drugs

Read Deputy Public Defender Vilaska Nguyen’s op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Public Defender Questions ‘Smoking While Black’ Enforcement

Nearly three quarters of people cited under San Francisco’s smoking ordinance last year were black, a pattern that San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi says shows discriminatory enforcement by police.

Bigoted Text Messages to Affect 200+ Cases

Racist and homophobic text messages exchanged between three San Francisco police officers may affect at least 207 criminal cases, including three murder cases, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

Contesting Bail to Take on Racial Disparities in SF Jail

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

Op-Ed: The Concept of Race is Nothing But Fiction

Race is the world’s most persistent deception.

Man Acquitted in Mission Machete Attack

A homeless man accused of swinging a machete at a convenience store clerk was acquitted by a jury after witness accounts fell apart at trial, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

Public Defender Requests State Probe Into SFPD

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi today urged the California Attorney General to open a civil rights investigation into the San Francisco Police Department’s practices.

SF Celebrates Public Defense Day

Public defenders in San Francisco will join with colleagues across the country today to celebrate the first annual Public Defense Day, organized by the National Association of Public Defense.

Man Facing Life Sentence In Mayhem Case Freed

A man facing life in prison after fighting back against a knife-wielding assailant was freed after being acquitted of numerous felonies, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

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