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AUGUST 2014 - ISSUE 20
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Saturday, September 27, 2014,  8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.



is hosting a Re-entry Conference & Resource Fair at St. Mary's Cathedral Event Center in San Francisco. Registration and more details can be found at www.reentryaction.org or call 415 614-5570.


Contributing Writers
Lt. James Shannon
Lt. John Ramirez
Sgt. Raymond Winters
Delia Ginorio
Melvyn Jarrett
Vivian Imperiale
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Sheriff's Department
Ross Mirkarimi
A Message from Sheriff  
Ross Mirkarimi

As summer transitions to fall, we continue to expand our public safety services. This month, nine members of our sworn staff were deputized by the U.S. Marshall's Service to serve warrants and make arrests in cooperative law enforcement operations. Our warrants unit is an essential component of our department and of our legal system, assisting in arrests when necessary and literally effectuating the orders of the court.
One of our more interesting projects this month was the architecture class where participants in the Resolve to Stop the Violence Program (RSVP) designed a jail. Through the process of conceptualizing and designing a type of place that currently confines them, the inmates visualized and created what was important to them-sunlight, connection to family. Sometimes, thinking about where you actually are, can help you get where you want to go.      
Once again, we hosted the International Visitor Leadership Program. A multinational delegation from Africa, which included ministers of health, directors of non-government organizations, medical doctors, and social workers interested in public health, observed RSVP's Survivor Impact, learned about the Survivor Restoration Program, and visited the medical corridor.  CJ5 staff came together to provide a rewarding experience for our guests.
Napa's Sunday morning jolt reminds all of us that earthquakes are a fact of California life and we should refresh our disaster plans and our supplies. Visit http://www.sf72.org/home, or http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/earthquake for information.

I also want to wish you all a happy Labor Day, as we pay tribute to the American worker and honor the courageous women and men who established the union labor movement - a movement that continues to struggle in its defense of the working class. 


Another feature of Labor Day is reflecting on San Francisco's economic boom, as it sheds light on the many people who live in the shadows of our city's growing prosperity. The formerly incarcerated is one such population. Reducing barriers to employment and equipping people with the vocational skills to get and keep work, contribute to our overall goal of improving public safety. 


The San Francisco Sheriff's Department is pursuing partnerships and programs with the public and private sector in establishing strategies that position former-inmates for the work force. 

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Million Dollar Arrest
In order to fulfill our commitment to public safety, the San Francisco Sheriff's Department has been working with various local, state and federal agencies. One agency is the San Francisco Human Services Agency (HSA) Special Investigations Unit (SIU). The HSA-SIU is responsible for the investigation of welfare fraud and food stamp fraud.
On July 9, 2014, members of our Warrant Services Unit(WSU) and HSA-SIU attempted to locate a suspect at her place of business in San Francisco. She had an active arrest warrant with a bail amount of one million dollars. The warrant was a result of an investigation conducted by the HSA-SIU. They were unable to locate her at that time.

Later in the day, WSU members returned to her place of business, detained a subject, identified the subject as the wanted person and placed her under arrest. She was transported to County Jail #1 where she was booked into custody for the warrant.

African Delegation Visits SFSD

The SFSD was host once again to the International Visitor Leadership Program welcoming a multinational delegation from Africa. The visitors were high-ranking ministers of health, directors of non-government organizations (NGOs), medical doctors, and social workers interested in the role of government agencies and NGOs responsible for developing and implementing national and grassroots public health programs for urban and rural populations. Their interest was to explore education and prevention programs with a special interest in reviewing U.S. policies on combating domestic violence along with health education and public/community awareness.

Their time was limited, but with great team effort at CJ5 with program, deputized and medical staff, the guests were able to observe RSVP's Survivor Impact, receive a presentation from the Survivor Restoration Program, and visit the medical corridor. There, they had many questions for staff on how the SFSD responds to inmates with HIV or AIDS.

Their education experience with the SFSD was reported back as being the highlight of their tour.
Radio Training In The County Jail  

Since June 30, The LoveLife Foundation, a community based organization, has been collaborating with the S.F. Sheriff's Department and KPOO radio to provide the first ever radio training program for inmates inside San Francisco County Jail. 

The eight week course taught by media specialists Don Lacy and William Hammons includes engineering, producing, directing, writing copy for radio, and on air hosting. Seven inmates were selected for the class from a large applicant pool because of their writing skills, and a strong showing of interest to make meaningful social commentary. The training program culminated with an hour long pre-recorded broadcast to be aired on KPOO 89.5 FM radio and on the world wide web at www.kpoo.com . The show will feature the inmates sharing their hands-on experience with the production, newsworthy stories they developed, and their interviews of distinguished guests: San Francisco District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen, Queen of Comedy Laura Hayes and Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi.

The LoveLife Foundation was founded by Donald Lacy on November 1, 1997, in memory of his 16 year old daughter LoEshe' Lacy who was an innocent murder victim on October 20, 1997. Since that time, the LoveLife Foundation has worked with youths and adults in Oakland and throughout the Bay Area.

Bureau of Building Services Keeps County Jail #2 Looking Good



In 1994 when County Jail #2 opened (then County Jail #8) on Seventh Street near the Hall of Justice, its artistic design and status as a national model for program-oriented rehabilitation services earned it the nickname of the "glamour slammer", as opposed to traditional linear facilities.

The design supports program space while allowing appropriate supervision and security. As the primary housing facility for female inmates, B-Pod at County Jail #2 serves many functions such as the intake classification pod for newly arrested female inmates, housing unit for general population inmates, and an administrative segregation area. B-Pod houses up to 88 female inmates on two levels. The lower level is an open dorm setting with restricted movement, including access to general common areas with seating for meals, television watching and other discretionary time purposes. The upper level consists of twenty, two-person cells reserved for high risk inmates requiring higher levels of supervision and security.

After 20 years, this facility remains at the forefront of rehabilitative services as seen in the recent partnership between the SFSD and the Adult Probation Department and their launch of the Re-entry Pod. This first of its kind approach was a response to Public Safety Realignment where state prisoners are transferred to county jail facilities, 90 days prior to release, for the remainder of their sentences to engage in re-entry services.
The Sheriff's Bureau of Building Services (SBBS) ensures that County Jail #2 overcomes the challenges of an aging around-the-clock facility while providing an environment that lends itself to educational, vocational and pro-social rehabilitative programming.

In May, as part of the Department's Capital Improvement Plan, SBBS began the renovation of B-Pod after all inmates were moved to other housing. Carpets were replaced with epoxy flooring which is brighter, easier to maintain and more hygienic. The pod was painted a brighter color to enhance mood and promote an environment conducive to learning and pro-social behavior.

Other upgrades included safety doors with food ports for inmates requiring a higher degree of supervision. New shower security doors and a commercial grade cleaning of the bathroom improved privacy and restroom appearance. TVs were replaced with 32" flat screen panels. Air quality was improved and light fixtures were upgraded for better lighting and energy efficiency.

The B-Pod improvement plan was completed on June 20th. Shortly thereafter SBBS made similar upgrades in F-Pod, the male inmate Intake and Classification Pod. In just over a month, SBBS was able to make these changes with minimal impact to the operation of the facility. However, this really became possible through the team effort of all staff including deputized staff under the guidance of: Captain Michele Fisher, Facility Commander County Jail 2, the civilian staff and volunteers who displayed great flexibility during the temporary move of the female inmates and the inmates on volunteer work crews who assisted with painting projects and other details to make the project a success.
Sheriff's Deputies Sworn-in as Special Deputy U.S. Marshal's
On Wednesday, August 13, 2014, nine members of the San Francisco Sheriff's Department were sworn in as Special Deputy Marshals by Northern District of California United States Marshal Donald O'Keefe. Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, Undersheriff Federico Rocha and Assistant Sheriff Paul Miyamoto were in attendance at the swearing in ceremony. Undersheriff Rocha is the former Northern District of California United States Marshal, serving from 2003 to 2010. 

In addition to their regular assignments with the Sheriff's Department, the nine Sheriff's Deputies are part of the Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force. In July, Sheriff's Deputies along with other local, state and federal law enforcement took part in Operation No Boundaries. The operation, led by the U.S. Marshal's Office, resulted in the arrest of over one hundred violent fugitives.

The nine newly sworn in Special Deputy Marshals are Lieutenant Shannon, Sergeant Rosen, Sergeant Tuohy, Senior Deputy DeJesus, Senior Deputy Reid and Deputies Burt, Gonzalez, Lawsha and Tam.

Pigskin Madness for Special          Olympics   



Are you interested in supporting the Special Olympics of Northern California without plunging into the chilly waters of the San Francisco Bay?

Try Pigskin Madness! 


Pigskin Madness is a sweepstakes that benefits the Special Olympics of Northern California. Each participant has the chance to win one of nine cash prizes every week of the 17 week NFL season. Tickets are $20.00 each, and one ticket is good for the entire season. For complete rules, please visit www.sonc.org.


I also have Law Enforcement Torch Run t-shirts available for sale for only $20!!! The t-shirt is black and the logo runs vertical along the left side of your chest.


If you are interested in participating in Pigskin Madness or purchasing a t-shirt, please contact me via phone (415.554.6933) or email (raymond.winters@sfgov.org).  Tickets can be purchased until the end of Week #5 (Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 5:00 PM).


Thank you for supporting the Special Olympics of Northern California.

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