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Budget Cuts Will Break Gideon’s Promise

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In the landmark 1963 case Gideon v. Wainwright, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a poor person accused of a crime is entitled to competent and effective legal representation. However, the current economic crisis, rising recession-related crime, and soaring unemployment rates threaten to erode this basic right, which is guaranteed by the U.S. and California constitutions.

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

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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...

CJC as a Microcosm of SF’s Criminal Justice and Social Service...

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It is hard to believe that a month has gone by since I started working at the CJC. My decision to staff the court myself was a product of necessity, since I just don't have the staffing for this court. The Mayor's office had originally promised to fund the court with two public defenders, and when the court opened, they said they could not fund the court due to the budget deficit. Our staff now is down by eight and our felony and serious case load is still steadily rising.

New Sheriff at the CJC

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"There's a new Sheriff at the CJC."  Well, actually, not really.  Our regular judge is out of town on vacation, and we have a...

Seeking Formerly Incarcerated People for Reentry Council

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Efforts currently coordinated by the Safe Communities Reentry Council and the San Francisco Reentry Council will be reorganized under the single umbrella of the new formalized Reentry Council and its Subcommittees. The first meeting of the New Reentry Council has been slated for Tuesday June 16.

Clean Slate Program 2007-2008 Evaluation Findings

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The Clean Slate Program 2007-2008 evaluation examines how efficiently Clean Slate delivers services and the impacts that Clean Slate services have on clients’ lives. The Clean Slate Program extends legal advocacy beyond an arrest or disposition by the court so that clients may avail themselves of opportunities to “clean up” their criminal records, even decades after their criminal case is closed.

Crime of the Week – Shoplifting at Sephora

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The second week of the new court has been more of the same.  Each day, about five or six cases are scheduled to be...

Article 1: Community Justice Center update

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You may have heard or read that the new Community “Justice” Center (CJC) opened last week.  Based on Brooklyn’s Red Hook Community Justice Center,...

Innocent Man, Strip-Searched and Misidentified by Police, Acquitted of Drug Sales

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San Francisco, CA – A San Francisco man, who was strip-searched and misidentified by police, was acquitted of drug sales in 70 minutes after...

Study on Racial Disparity in Criminal Justice System Underscores Need for...

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The need for a well-resourced and comprehensive public defense system was made evident in a study released yesterday by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) indicating that African Americans and Hispanics are over-represented in the criminal justice system and more likely to require a public defender than their Caucasian counterparts.