Local Man Acquitted of Murder Charges

Hector Velez, 61, was found not guilty of murder and voluntary manslaughter in connection with the death of Ralph Ruiz, 59. The jury found Velez guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

Board of Supervisors Votes to Partially Restore Public Defender’s Budget

Months of budget battles came to an end Tuesday as the Board of Supervisors voted to restore $650,000 to the Public Defender’s Office. The restoration is in addition to $300,000 that the Budget and Finance Committee voted to allocate to the office last month.

Public Defender Outlines Impact of $1.6 Million Budget Cut

Public Defender Jeff Adachi asks the Board of Supervisors to restore funding to avoid increased costs to the city.

Press conference to highlight the need to fully restore the Public Defender’s Office budget

Show your support while former clients of the Public Defender’s Office explain how the legal services provided by the office contributed to positive outcomes in their lives.

City Controller: Public Defender Provides Most Cost-Efficient Means of Representing Poor

A report released by the San Francisco City Controller on case costs of the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office has found that the the office’s representation of 28,000 people every year is the most efficient and cost-effective way to provide legal representation to those who cannot afford lawyers.

SF Public Defender Calls Mayor’s Budget Cuts Shortsighted

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi said on Monday that the Mayor’s proposed $1.9 million cut to the Public Defender’s Office will cost the city millions more in the years ahead and take an unnecessary toll on poor people in the justice system.

Study Confirms that Public Defender Reentry Program Saves Money, Lives

The first study to assess the impact of the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office reentry social work program found that alternatives to incarceration, reduced sentencing, and avoided jail days obtained as a result of reentry advocacy saved California state prisons over $5,000,000 and San Francisco County over $1,000,000.

Activists, Policy Experts, Attorneys Convene in SF to Address Indigent Defense Crisis

The 2009 Justice Summit was the first focused effort by the California Public Defenders Association, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Bar Association of San Francisco and the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office to bring awareness to the national crisis in public defense.

Judge Thelton Henderson to Keynote SF Summit on Indigent Defense Crisis

Public Defenders, Criminal Justice Leaders from around U.S. to Convene in San Francisco SAN FRANCISCO – Over 300 people in support of public defense will gather on Wednesday, May 6, 2009 to hear Judge Thelton Henderson, senior federal judge of the Northern District of California, speak to the importance of the Sixth Amendment right to […]

San Francisco Public Defender’s Office to Receive Statewide Program of the Year Award

San Francisco – The California Public Defender’s Association announced that San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi will receive the organization’s annual Program of the Year award on Friday, April 17, 2009.  Adachi is receiving the award for his office’s innovative work though the “The Children of Incarcerated Parents” program, which provides assistance and services to […]

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