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COVID-19 – San Francisco Public Defender’s Office Responds

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In response to the serious public health concerns related to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), our office has been leading the...

Judge Orders ICE to Provide COVID-19 Testing – Emails Reveal ICE...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  August 6, 2020  Media Contacts  Sam Lew, Lawyers’ Committee for...

New, paid internship places high school students in SF Public Defender’s...

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We're excited to announce our Young Defenders Program - a 40-week paid internship for 25 high school students focused on criminal justice...

Mayor London Breed & Public Defender Mano Raju Announce Young Defenders...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, August 3, 2020 Contact:         Public Defender’s Office, Valerie.Ibarra@sfgov.org 

Effort to Release People Incarcerated at San Quentin Moves Forward In...

Effort to Release People Incarcerated at San Quentin Moves Forward In Marin County Superior Court  Habeas petitions allege...

Broad Coalition of Legal and Medical Experts Urge SF Courts to...

Broad Coalition of Legal and Medical Experts Urge SF Courts to Restore ‘Zero Bail’ Amid Growing Number of COVID-19 Cases in SF...

Letter to Governor Newsom: Recommendations for Reducing the Prison Population and...

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July 6, 2020 Dear Governor Newsom, This is an immeasurably difficult time. With 2,419 incarcerated persons...

SF Public Defender’s Office Mobilizing to Release People from San Quentin...

SAN FRANCISCO - With 2,582 incarcerated persons with active cases of COVID-19 in California prisons statewide, and over 1,100 people incarcerated in...

Public Defenders Call for Major Statewide Police Reform

Public Defenders Call for Major Statewide Police Reform June 25, 2020 - Public Defenders sent this letter to Governor...

ICE Confirms Medical Provider at Mesa Verde Detention Center Tests Positive...

ICE CONFIRMS MEDICAL PROVIDER AT MESA VERDE DETENTION CENTER TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19, EXPOSING ITS CONTINUED FAILURE TO PROTECT HEALTH DURING PANDEMIC

San Francisco Public Defender Successfully Advocates for SFPD Mug Shot Policy...

San Francisco Public Defender Successfully Advocates for SFPD Mug Shot Policy Change SFPD’s Proposed New Policy Means that...