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Thousands of SF Students to Get Backpacks, Resources at Two August...

San Francisco, CA --- As families feel the squeeze of San Francisco’s exorbitant cost of living, the San Francisco Public Defender’s MAGIC programs will...

Op Ed: A Step Backward for Justice Reform

The governor tries to strongarm the people and their elected representatives on peremptory challenges. Jeff Adachi speaks out in an op-ed.

Woman Acquitted of Bizarre Burglary

A woman accused of climbing nine stories up a fire escape in heels to burglarize a high rise apartment was acquitted of felony charges after her attorney argued the predicament was the result of a liaison gone wrong, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced today.

Second Request: Adachi Asks For State Probe Into SFPD

In light of recent developments and for the second time in two months, 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.

Jeff Adachi to Receive Athenian Award

The Hellenic Law Society of Northern California will honor San Francisco Public Defender with its Athenian Award for dedicated public service and commitment to democratic values benefiting the entire community.

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.