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What to Expect From Your Lawyer/Know Your Rights

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A client guide to the criminal justice system, explains the process and what one can expect from their appointed public defender.

Good Samaritan Arrested in RAT Sting Found Not Guilty of Grand...

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San Francisco, CA – On Wednesday, November 19, Redai Meresa was found not guilty of misdemeanor grand theft after 40 minutes of jury deliberation. After...

The City Needs a Comprehensive Reentry Program

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Today, more than 500 community leaders, community and faith-based service providers and formerly incarcerated men and women will gather for San Francisco’s third annual...

San Francisco City Officials and Residents to Tackle Prisoner Reentry...

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San Francisco, CA – On Monday September 29, 2008, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, Public Defender Jeff Adachi, District Attorney Kamala Harris, and Sheriff Michael Hennessey...

Senator Barack Obama Issues Statement Supporting Prisoner Reentry Summit

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In a welcome statement for the Third Annual Prisoner Reentry Summit, Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) commended San Francisco city leaders for their “innovate work to reduce recidivism” and pledged to create opportunities for former prisoners if elected president.

Juvenile cases are closed for a reason

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In the several articles published last week concerning undocumented youths in the juvenile justice system, Chronicle reporter Jaxon Van Derbeken referenced statements taken from a confidential written motion filed by one of my attorneys. In the articles, several statements taken from these filings were framed in quotations. This gave readers the false impression that Deputy Public Defender Lisa Katz, who is representing the minor, spoke with your reporter regarding her client's case.

California Selected for MacArthur Foundation Juvenile Indigent Defense Action Network

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California has been selected as one of four sites nationally to participate in the Models for Change Juvenile Indigent Defense Action Network. The initiative, supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, is aimed at developing innovative solutions and strategies to better address the legal needs of youth who come into contact with the juvenile justice system.

Public Defender’s Office Co-Sponsors MAGIC’s 5th Annual Backpack Giveaway

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On August 23, 2008, the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office will co-sponsor the Fifth Annual MAGIC Back-to-School Celebration and Backpack Giveaway. This year, 4,000 backpacks will be distributed to children and youth ages 5-17 in Bayview-Hunter's Point and the Western Addition/Fillmore.

Behavioral Health Court on KQED: Crime and the Mentally Ill

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KQED's "Forum," with Michael Krasny, takes up the issue of the mentally ill in the criminal justice system. "Forum" looks at new programs designed...

Omeed Popal Found Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity

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Omeed Aziz Popal, 31, was found not guilty by reason of insanity by Judge Carol Yaggy today, at the Hall of Justice, 850 Bryant Street. Popal was facing attempted murder charges in connection with a series of alleged hit-and-run incidents involving sixteen people in San Francisco on August 29, 2006.