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April-May 2017 - ISSUES 51-52
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Will Leong
Director of Pretrial Diversion Project
After 40 years, Will Leong has retired. He was an innovator and leader for years of helping people get out -- and stay out --  of jail through the delivery of a combination of supportive services and accountability. 


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Sheriff's Department
A Message from Sheriff 
Vicki Hennessy

Welcome to the April/May 2017 Sheriff's Department Newsletter. For this edition, I provided information on the various forms of pretrial release and bail alternatives that have been in place in San Francisco for a few decades. 

On April 13, I was honored to attend a retirement celebration for Will Leong, the Executive Director of the San Francisco Pretrial Diversion Project (SFPDP). Will, along with other criminal justice partners, created in 1975 the concept for pretrial diversion and release of those arrested for misdemeanor crimes. This concept, based on "dignity, respect, compassion and accountability," with an understanding that the goals of crime prevention and rehabilitation would be better served by alternatives to jail that included education and community service work, was groundbreaking. With Will at the helm and funding provided by the Sheriff's Department, the program services expanded over many years to include more crime-involved populations, and in 1995, began to include supervised release of those defendants charged with nonviolent felony crimes. 

Today, there are many services that combine the original concept. Working with the Superior Courts, whose judges review all recommendations and make decisions regarding release, the SFPDP provides three levels of supervision, which are: no active supervision, minimum supervision and assertive case management to clients, dependent on their risk assessment. If not for the work of this organization, the San Francisco jail population would almost be double the current average of 1,250.

Additionally, the Sheriff's Department, with the help of SFPDP, has been a leader in alternatives to money bail for decades. Now there is a statewide movement to replicate this model alternative through legislation and possibly eliminate or reform the current bail system. 

Many may not realize that only a few people with misdemeanor charges are booked in our jails. The San Francisco Police Department and other law enforcement agencies issue citations to most individuals suspected of committing misdemeanor crimes. An Assistant District Attorney reviews each citation and police report to determine if the case should be prosecuted. The citation includes a future court date that allows individuals to stay out of jail if they appear in court at the appointed time. If they do not show up as directed, a warrant for their arrest may be issued by the court.

People who are booked into our jail for felony crimes are evaluated through the SFPDP to determine if they meet the criteria for pre-arraignment release based on California law. For persons eligible for pre-arraignment release, a Superior Court commissioner reviews a completed risk assessment and renders a release decision. The commissioner also has the latitude to alter the tool's recommended conditions of release. If an individual is denied release before arraignment, the judge, at arraignment, may also determine whether a release is warranted and the conditions of such release. The SFPDP follows up with people on its caseload to ensure they are engaging in the conditions set forth for their release. Examples may include attending substance abuse groups; anger management sessions; behavioral health therapy; or even residential treatment. If the person does not comply, the court will be informed and may order a warrant for arrest. 

The San Francisco District Attorney's Office is responsible for reviewing each felony case to determine whether to file the case with the court, known as "rebooking" a case. Based on the evidence and facts of the case, the assigned Assistant District Attorney (ADA) can decide whether to rebook. The ADA can also dismiss, change, add or reduce charges. This rebooking process for felonies must take place within 48 hours after arrest, absent weekends or holidays. Some charges do not get rebooked and if the arrestee has no other active charges, he or she will be released. 

If a booked person is not eligible for pretrial release, and does not have any charges that cannot be bailed, cash bail can be posted at any time. An average of 11 people per day post bail. Before the first court appearance there is a standard set bail for each criminal charge. These bail amounts are determined by the Superior Court in each county. During the first or subsequent appearances in court, the judge may set an alternate bail amount. Bail bonds agents may be engaged by the defendant to post bail. Generally, the defendant will pay a nonrefundable fee of up to 10 percent of the bail amount to the bail agent. The bail agent will post the full amount of the bail that is refundable to that agent if the defendant appears in court as ordered. Here is a link to the San Francisco Superior Court bail schedule

There are many nuances and exceptions to the above, but these are the most common methods for release of defendants from jail before a final court determination. 

Besides attending Will's retirement event, I swore in a new class of deputy sheriffs and welcomed a new class of sheriff's cadets. I spoke to a class of veteran supervisors about expectations and their concerns. I also addressed a class of newly promoted supervisors. On April 3, I was one of several city officials who each met and addressed the Social Action Committee of the African American women's Delta Sigma Theta Sorority during its annual Delta Day at City Hall event. On April 8, I was privileged to represent the department at the San Francisco Coordinating Council of Lions Clubs' 54th annual Annual Awards Banquet for Police, Fire and Sheriffs. Five members of the Sheriff's Department received awards, many with their families in attendance. I attended the annual 5 a.m. 1906 earthquake commemoration at Lotta's Fountain along with many city dignitaries, the Mayor, Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White, Police Chief Bill Scott and scores of other hearty souls, many dressed in period costumes. It was a wet morning, but the spirit was not dampened as we all sang a rousing chorus of "San Francisco."

Finally, I want to comment on one other item in this newsletter. That is the article on National Crime Victims' Rights Week. Many of you have heard me speak about the idea of balance in our delivery of the many services we provide. That idea is conveyed very well by the concept of "dignity, respect, compassion and accountability" mentioned in connection with the SFPDP tenets. In maintaining our balance of criminal justice and social justice, we must never forget the victims of crime, especially violent crime, and those victims without voices, in our efforts to serve all people. 

Sheriff's Department Honors Slain 
Law Enforcement Officers

The Sheriff's Department's Honor Guard will participate in the California Peace Officers' Memorial Ceremony in Sacramento on May 8 to honor law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Deputy sheriffs from the department will attend the event, which will be held at 10th Street and Capitol, site of the monument to fallen peace officers was built.

Additionally, National Police Week will be held the following week, May 14-20. Two Sheriff's Department representatives will attend the event commemorating at the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The Sacramento Memorial was first held in 1977 to honor more than 1,400 officers who have been slain.

President John F. Kennedy signed a law in 1962 designating May 15 as Peace Officers' Memorial Day. Every year there is a service at the national Law Enforcement Officer's Wall in Washington, D.C. The flag will be lowered to half-staff on May 8 at Sheriff's facilities and at City Hall and all city buildings on May 15.  
Sheriff's Department Teams With Agencies to Supervise Medication Collection Events 

(From left) Lt. Hunter and Deputy Josif at a medication collection event. 

The Sheriff's Department is collaborating with stewardship organization MED-Project, the Department of Public Health, San Francisco Police Department, San Francisco Fire Department  and the Department of Environment to collect unused medications around the city. The collection is the result of an ordinance passed by the Board of Supervisors requiring pharmaceutical manufacturers establish and pay for medication take-back program.

The reasoning behind the ordinance was because prescription and over-the-counter medications are hazardous waste and can be harmful to people and the environment and need to be disposed of safely. Otherwise, if thrown away they may get into the wrong hands, or if flushed, unwanted medications can end up tainting our waterways.

"There's a movement toward what we call producer responsibility," Jennifer Jackson, Toxics Reduction and Healthy Ecosystems Programs Manager at the Department of Environment. "We ask manufacturers to take a role rather than have it be on local governments to manage the disposal." The pharmaceutical manufacturers cover the cost for the collection efforts.

Residents can dispose of unwanted medication by visiting a permanent kiosk drop-off, picking up pre-paid mail-back envelopes, or by attending the Sheriff's Department-supervised collection days. Go to MED-Project's website for the schedule or call (844) 633-7765. Jackson added that the ordinance requires minimum convenience in every supervisory district, which MED-Project is achieving through the mix of permanent sites at pharmacies and police stations, mail-back and events.

At two events in late March and early April, nearly 160 pounds of medication was collected to be disposed. MED-Project contracted Stericycle, an approved Reverse Distributor - Collector with the Drug Enforcement Agency, to take possession of the medication collected at both events and incinerate it afterward. Lieutenant H. Hunter and Deputy V. Josif supervised the April 8 event, and Sergeant S. O'Malley and Deputy D. Campillo presided over the March 27 collection. The Sheriff's Department will continue to supervise collection at several take-back events this spring and summer.

MED-Project approached several departments, including multiple law enforcement agencies, to preside over the take-back events. The Sheriff's Department agreed to handle the job.

"This is a hard to manage waste," Jackson said. "It takes everyone, including manufacturers, local governments and residents, to be at the table to make sure this gets disposed of properly. We are grateful to our fellow City agencies for their collaboration."
National Crime Victims' 
Rights Week Observed

National Crime Victims' Rights Week was observed April 2-8 with the theme "Strength. Resilience. Justice."
Delia Ginorio, who is the director of the Sheriff's Department's Survivor Restoration Program, said her program supports commemorating National Crime Victims' Rights week. "We like the week because it brings more awareness to all victims," she said. "We help rape survivors, domestic violence survivors and families with murdered children. It's about supporting all victims who have been harmed and the services are there for victims and survivors."
Additionally, the Sheriff's Department's deputy sheriffs and nonsworn personnel work  to prevent crime and recidivism by hosting programs for inmates and services for the post-release population. Inmates can earn high school diplomas or take college classes, and enter substance abuse, job training, violence prevention, behavior reconditioning, therapy and other programs to help stay out of jail.
As a part of commemorating National Crime Victims' Rights Week, the San Francisco District Attorney's Office awarded Justice Awards on April 7 to a hate crime victim, a carjacking victim, and a witness to a crime as well as well as nonprofit La Raza Centro.
The California Victim Compensation Board held awareness activities in Sacramento to support victims of crime. The California agency provides support to crime victims, who often face physical and mental consequences after violence, and has a plethora of resources for crime victims.
National Crime Victims' Rights Week was established in 1981 to raise awareness of victims' rights.
5 Deputy Sheriffs Honored by 
SF Lions Clubs

The San Francisco Coordinating Council of Lions Clubs honored five deputy sheriffs at its 54th annual awards banquet April 8 in the city. The event honored sheriff's deputies, police officers and firefighters for their quick thinking, heroic and/or lifesaving actions.

The deputy sheriffs who received awards were:
  • Deputy R. Balmy (joined the department in 1999), Deputy B. Philpot (2009) and Deputy B. Rice (2000) worked together to save the life of an unconscious inmate.
  • Dep. Balmy, along with Deputy P. Judson (1996), also helped capture a suspect who had allegedly stolen an iPhone in a separate incident.
  • Deputy A. Martinez (1994) performed CPR to save an unresponsive inmate.
Retired Lieutenant Lydia Taylor, who is the president of the San Francisco Merced Heights Lions Club, nominated the deputy sheriffs for the awards. Larry Wong of the San Francisco Chinatown Lions Club was the master of ceremonies at the event. The Lions Clubs also honored 10 firefighters, 16 police officers and one EMS worker.

Lions Club International, founded in 1917, is the largest service organization in the world with 134 million members in 204 countries. The San Francisco Coordinating Council of Lions Clubs was created in 1951 after 22 Lions Clubs in the city coordinated themselves into a unified consortium.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Donates Coats to Women's Resource Center 

Delta Sigma Theta sorority stopped by the Women's Resource Center for a visit and to donate warm coats and clothing. They shared snacks along with the donations. A good time was had by all. 
Meet Sheriff's Department 
CFO Crispin Hollings 

CFO Crispin Hollings

Crispin Hollings has always been most comfortable with numbers. "A poem can be read a thousand times and never be read the same way," he said. "Words are never as precise as numbers, no matter how well-intentioned the author. On the other hand, math, and numbers therein, are governed by precise, unchanging rules. You either have a correct or incorrect answer to a problem. Math is never 'sort of' correct."

Hollings is the Sheriff's Department's chief financial officer, joining the department last autumn. He heads the 12-member Finance unit, whose purpose is to support the department by managing payroll, contracts, grants, budget transactions and financial analysis. "We're here to work all the transactions that come with bringing money in and sending money out, all year long, to keep the department going," he said. "On a broad level, we're here to help sworn and civilian staff carry out the mission of the department."

Hollings grew up in Virginia and studied engineering at the University of Virginia. He spent the first 25 years of his career working on jet engines, first for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in Hartford, Conn., then for United Airlines in San Francisco. He also earned his aircraft mechanics' license from the City College of San Francisco.

Hollings' interests shifted from jet engine repair to finance in 2001, when the tragedy of 9/11 happened. He was a United maintenance supervisor when the attacks occurred, and saw changes in his professional world. He enrolled in graduate school and earned an MBA from UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business. "I thought it was time to expand my credentials," he said. "I went back to school and started applying for finance jobs and was hired by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) in 2008." Hollings worked at the SFPUC as the director of financial planning for nearly nine years before joining the Sheriff's Department.
A big adjustment for the Sheriff's finance group, as well as other city finance groups, is coming soon with a new system that is rolling out in July called the Financial System Project, or F$P. It is a citywide initiative spearheaded by the Controller's Office that is a "comprehensive enterprise resource planning system, which includes financial, supply chain management and reporting and analytics functionality," according to the city's website. The new system was developed by PeopleSoft Financial Management and Supply Chain Management, and Oracle Business Intelligence. According to Hollings, "The city has used its current financial system, FAMIS, since 1980. It's past the end of its useful life and has a lot of limitations. The city is moving into the 21st century by bringing on this new financial system. It will entail change, although we hope most of the change will be invisible to most Sheriff's Department personnel."

In his free time, Hollings is active with the boards of the Municipal Executives Association, the bargaining unit for the City's managers; the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club; and the Castro Country Club, a sober community space in the Castro. He is also a runner, with a goal of four half-marathons each year -  the most recent of which was the Oakland Half-Marathon, which he ran on April 2. He is enthusiastic about City Hall and San Francisco history; as such, he also volunteers as a City Hall docent. He lives in the Castro with his husband, Luis.

County Jail #5 Hosts 
Reentry Resources Fair 

Community-based organizations provided information on services. 

About 460 inmates attended the fifth annual Reentry Resources Fair held at County Jail #5 on April 4. The fair, hosted by the Sheriff's Department, Five Keys Schools and Programs and 65 community-based organizations, focuses inmates on preparing for life after release from jail.

Mick Gardner, assistant director of programs and reentry at Five Keys Schools and Programs, organized the event. He said he placed the community-based organizations into several categories - housing; transitional housing, including substance abuse facilities; social services; transitional aged youth services; employment; and veteran services. Inmates received a list of the community-based organizations ahead of time to determine which services they needed.

The purpose of the fair is to bridge the gap for inmates on the outside, Gardner said. "Many times, when people get out, they don't know there are services available to them," he said. "The fair is a way for the men to interact, engage and identify what services might be available."

Deputy sheriffs brought inmates to the event area pod by pod. The prisoners had about 35 minutes to meet with the various agencies, the goal being for the prisoners to open communication with the organizations and build a relationship.
In August, a reentry resource fair will be held at County Jail #2.

Sheriff's Department Hosts Family Academy for Friends and Family

Capt. Paulson lectured about the department.

Working as a deputy sheriff comes with a unique set of stressors, pressures that loved ones, let alone any civilian, may have a hard time understanding. For the past 15 years, the Sheriff's Department has presented a two-day class during which family and friends get a glimpse into what deputy sheriffs experience on the job, especially when working in a jail facility. The most recent class, called the Family Academy, was held February 25 and March 4.

"Our job can be mysterious, or even grotesque," said Captain K. Paulson, who developed the Family Academy with Sergeant D. Gunn. "Frequently, it cannot be explained, except experientially. This class provides a small window for the families in which to look in and develop an understanding and compassion for their loved ones."

Attendees enjoyed breakfast and coffee February 25 at 70 Oak Grove St. in San Francisco, then learned some jail slang, such as "flagship" for County Jail #5 and "pruno" for jail-made alcohol. Several deputy sheriffs lectured about the department's history, classification and restraint levels at the facilities. After lunch, there was a tour of the jails and a lecture about the courts, as well as a discussion of what it's like working in the jails.

"The overall purpose is to help family and close friends understand a lot of the challenges that are in place," Sgt. Gunn said. "It's one thing to read about it or watch something on television. But we found that experiencing what the deputies experience helps them understand that the deputies' reactions are normal emotions that we have to put aside or push down, just to get through the day. We also touch on emotions we have to turn back on after you leave work. It helps them understand some behaviors that might come along. It doesn't excuse them, but at least there is an explanation."

The following Saturday, class was held at County Jail #5 in San Bruno. The importance of pod supervision (versus linear supervision) was discussed, then attendees took a tour of the facility. Specific challenges such as suicide, domestic violence and alcoholism that deputy sheriffs cope with was also talked about. The deputy sheriffs then left the room, and a panel made up of deputy sheriffs' loved ones led a talk about strategies they have used to cope with the stress of being with someone who is a peace officer.  

Sheriff Vicki Hennessy, Chief Deputy Sheriff P. Miyamoto, Lieutenant C. Krol, Lt. F. Velasco, Sgt. K. Heuer, Sgt. S. O'Malley and Deputy M. Jones also lectured and provided support to the class over the two days.

Capt. Paulson said participants are usually astonished by what they learn initially. "At first, we get a little bit of shock and awe," he said. "After that, a little fear - 'Is this what my loved one faces every day?' Then we get acceptance, encouragement and enthusiasm."

The Sheriff's Department held its first Family Academy in 2002, after former CFO and Assistant Sheriff Jean Mariani attended a citizens' academy hosted by the Marin County Sheriff's Office. "She said, 'This is great. We should do something like this,'" Sgt. Gunn said. About 300 people have attended the Family Academy over the past 1½ decades.

Lt. Krol spoke to the attendees. 

County Jail #5 Inmates Combine Social Justice, Quiltmaking

By Angela Wilson

For the 24 male inmates who attended "The Art of Social Justice," E. Christian's six-week quilting class, Classroom #7 at County Jail #5 became an intimate, sacred space alive with teamwork, comradery, community, accomplishment and pride in, yes, their quilting. 

For Christian, a Five Keys Charter School teacher and former prosecutor, using quilting as an expression of social activism is a family tradition. "I was taught by my paternal auntie how to convert scraps of cloth into a quilt," she said. She passed her knowledge to her sister and to her niece, Sara Trail, who went on to become well-known as a creative sewing talent, educator and founder of the Social Justice Sewing Academy, which engages at-risk youth in social activism and entrepreneurship.  

To accomplish quilting in a jail setting, Christian worked with Lieutenant S. Colmenero, Lieutenant R. Debiasio and Five Keys Principal C. Scott to develop a safe way to bring sewing needles and scissors into the education corridor. She was assisted by Ms.  Vazquez and Ms. Brittany, who cut cloth donated by the Women's Resource Center into designs and words.

"This is true restorative justice," said Facility Commander Captain K. Paulson. "Men who are willing to be creative, to be vulnerable, in order to give voice to the changes they want to see in themselves and in their society."

The students in Christian's class first were introduced to the concept and meaning of social justice in classes taught by San Francisco City College Professor Dr. Palaita.  When quilting became available to all pods, they watched documentaries - "Common Threads," about the AIDS Memorial Quilt; "How To Make An American Quilt;" and, "Quiltmakers of Gee's Bend" - and engaged in discussions of creativity and the inequities of racism, sexism and homophobia. Christian said, "After loading the students' minds with fresh concepts of social justice, they sketched their ideas onto paper and transferred their concepts onto cloth." Some squares expressed peace, love and kindness; others included images of trees and calls for justice.

"What you will see as the finished project is a vision of social justice as seen through the perspective of the incarcerated," Christian said.

Angela Wilson is a rehabilitation service coordinator with the Sheriff's Department.

An example of the artwork. 

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