News: Big Drop in Homicides in LA: Turnaround Due To High-Profile Program Enlisting Help of Gang Intervention Workers

By Hector Becerra and Richard Winton, Staff Writers Los Angeles Times, September 28, 2007 Los Angeles has seen a significant decline in homicides so far this year — including a 50% drop in killings in some South L.A. neighborhoods, such as Watts — as police embarked on a new strategy involving asking ex-gang members to […]

Public Defender Honored by the Organization of Chinese Americans at 20th Annual Asian American Achievement Awards Gala

San Francisco, CA – On September 15, 2007, the Organization of Chinese Americans, San Mateo Chapter, honored San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi at their 20th Annual Asian American Achievement Awards Gala. The Awards Gala was held at the South San Francisco Conference Center. “It is an honor to be recognized by the OCA,” says […]

Public Defender Goes to Court to Oppose City Attorney’s Gang Injunctions

San Francisco, CA – Public Defender Jeff Adachi will represent 22-year old Antonio Buitrago, a named defendant in a gang injunction lawsuit filed by the City Attorney in San Francisco Superior Court, this Tuesday, September 18, 2007, at 9:30 AM, at the Civic Center Courthouse, 400 McAllister Street in San Francisco. Deputy Public Defender Chris […]

Writer, Activist Luis J. Rodriguez To Keynote 2nd Annual Reentry Summit

San Francisco, CA – Acclaimed writer and advocate, Luis J. Rodriguez, will give the keynote address at the San Francisco Safe Communities Reentry Council 2nd Annual Reentry Summit, “Working Together to Support San Franciscans After Incarceration,” on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 from 8:30AM to 4PM at Jack Adams Hall, César Chávez Student Center, San Francisco […]

SF Jury Acquits Battered Woman Of Assault Charges

San Francisco, CA – A San Francisco woman, who was beaten senseless with a metal doorstop by her boyfriend and later charged with attempted murder after fending off a second attack, was acquitted on all counts Wednesday afternoon. The incident began on April 25, 2007, when Whitney Keith Bearchild attacked his girlfriend, Drusilla Bailey, and […]

American Journal of Psychiatry Study Concludes That San Francisco’s Behavioral Health Court Is Effective In Reducing Recidivism and Violence Among People With Mental Disorders

SAN FRANCISCO– A study published in the current issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry concludes that mental health courts reduce recidivism and violence among people with mental disorders. The study, Effectiveness of a Mental Health Court in Reducing Criminal Recidivism and Violence, was conducted by Dale E. McNeil, Ph.D. and Renee L. Binder, M.D., […]

San Francisco Jury Acquits Man In Sexual Assault Case

San Francisco, CA – Justin Desmangles, a member of the North Beach literary community, was acquitted yesterday of rape, attempted sodomy by force, and assault with a deadly weapon. The four-week trial took place before San Francisco Superior Court Judge Jerome Benson. Desmangles, who once hosted jazz and literary radio shows on local station KPOO, […]

Bad Luck or Racism in the Criminal Justice System?

by Jeff Adachi Printed in The Recorder, September 2005. 60 years ago, a black maid named Lena Baker was tried for capital murder in Georgia. She was charged with shooting a white man who had kidnapped her and threatened her with a metal bar. Her trial, presided over by a white judge and 12 white male […]

San Francisco Jury Finds Man Not Guilty Of First Degree Murder After Second Trial

San Francisco, CA – A 20-year-old man charged with first-degree murder in a fatal stabbing that occurred during a street brawl was found not guilty yesterday after a four-week trial. The stabbing occurred during a November 2005 melee that erupted in front of a house party in the Oceanview district of San Francisco. The victim […]

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee Recommends $1.4 Million In Additional Funding to Public Defender’s Office for FY 2007-08

San Francisco, CA – San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today that the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee has recommended a $23.7 million budget for the Public Defender’s Office for fiscal year 2007-08, a $1.4 million increase from fiscal year 2006-07. This comes after Mr. Adachi appeared before the Committee last Wednesday […]

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