The Time is NOW to Strengthen Miranda Rights For Youth

Patti Lee of our office’s Juvenile Unit spoke at a hearing this week about the need to pass legislation to strengthen the rights of children in SF that are arrested. The new law would expand Miranda consults for all youth 17 and younger who find themselves in a custodial interrogation by SFPD. “If we get this legislation […]

Letter from Public Defender Jeff Adachi to Mayor London Breed

Public Defender Jeff Adachi sent the following letter to London Breed today to oppose an idea being floated to transfer inmates from San Francisco to Alameda County, should SF Jail #4 close permanently. To quote Jeff, “San Francisco needs to be at the forefront of the movement to end mass incarceration. We need to stop […]

To Quote Queen, We Are The Champions…. Of Public Defense!

SF Public Defender’s Office Wins NACDL “Champion of Public Defense” Award We are proud to announce that the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (or NACDL) has chosen our office for a Champion of Public Defense Award for our “exceptional efforts in making positive changes to a local, state, or federal public defense system,” according […]

Filipinx History Month and the SF Public Defender’s Office

In celebration of Filipinx American History Month (FAHM) the SF Public Defender’s Office spent their Sunday learning about the roots and history of SOMA Pilipinas, the neighborhood where our office is located. With the help of non-profit community organizers like SOMCAN and SOMA Pilipinas the goal is to keep housing affordable for the indigent clients […]

Judge Schulman Denies Racial Bias; Adachi, Camacho Beg to Differ

SF judge denies allegations of racial bias made by Public Defender Adachi

“Meet Your Public Defender” Event

MEET YOUR PUBLIC DEFENDER San Francisco—Members of the Bay View/Hunter’s Point community are invited to get to know Public Defender Jeff Adachi and his staff on Saturday at our “Meet Your Public Defender” event. “This is a chance for us to meet people from the community and answer any questions they might have about the […]

Skateboarder Not Guilty in Road Rage Incident

San Francisco, CA— A skateboarder who defended himself in a road rage incident between himself and the driver of a SUV was found not guilty on Wednesday, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today. Marcus Huckabee, 31, was charged with battery and vandalism, both misdemeanors, stemming from an incident that occurred on April 4th […]

Veteran Acquitted in Self Defense Case

Jurors speak out about injustice of case in which “the wrong man was charged.”

SF Public Defenders Stand Up to Money Bail

Challenges filed in every SF criminal case.

Victories in CA Legislature This Past Week (Updated 9/14/17)

Two more bills passed yesterday to reform California’s criminal (in)justice system: AB 1008 (Ban the Box) – modeled on the SF and LA laws, restricts the use of criminal records in employment decisions.  Employers will no longer be able to ask about criminal background on a job application, or at any time before a tentative […]

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