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Captain Paulson
Lieutenant Hardy
Sergeant Winters
Senior Deputy Clauzel
Ali Riker
Nick Gregoratos
Susan Fahey
Vivian Imperiale
Leslie Levitas 

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2013
San Francisco
Sheriff's Department
Information Technology & Support Services
Ross Mirkarimi
A Message from Sheriff  
Ross Mirkarimi

 

Ever mindful of the need to eliminate the revolving door of recidivism, we continue to expand both diversion and reentry programs. As we strengthen support for arrestees and soon-to-be ex-offenders, we strengthen the over all public safety. 


Over thirty years ago, the SF Sheriff's Department developed the first pre-trial diversion programs, to allow people to remain in their homes and communities as their case progressed through the criminal justice system. In 1995, the Department introduced a supervised pretrial release program for non-violent offenders with case managers to ensure that the clients get to court and access services like substance abuse treatment. Case management services are also available for homeless defendants who are at risk of frequent re-incarcerations, and often in need of medical and mental health care.

Recently, we introduced legislation to expand electronic monitoring for pre-trial detainees as authorized by state law. After careful assessment of various risk factors, we will be allowed to release qualifying individuals from jail pending trial. They will remain in our custody and under supervision through electronic monitoring.

Turning our attention to the exits, we introduced legislation to authorize us to assist inmates to sign up for health care under the Affordable Care Act. Many of our inmates have chronic medical conditions, and mental health issues. While in jail, people receive crucial medical and mental health care, only to have it end upon release. Maintaining a continuum of care and services after release helps maintain the City's investment in the health of those individuals.

Some people leaving jail find their support in the faith community. Dozens of clergy and other faith community members currently give countless hours ministering to the inmates who want those conversations. Last month, we held the first interfaith town hall meeting to explore ways we can strengthen the support for ex-offenders who find faith helpful in returning to their families and working hard to not re-offend.

We have excellent programs, providing support at both the entrance and exit doors. We will continue to expand and refine these offerings to reduce pre-trial incarceration and recidivism.
Smart Thinking of Deputies Locates Missing SFGH Patient

On Friday, January 31, 2014, San Francisco Sheriff's Department Deputies Majano and Goodman were on-duty working at the San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) Campus. At approximately 10:00 a.m. they were conducting a secondary search for a missing SFGH patient, considered at-risk. The patient had just been seen leaving a hospital ward. The patient was last seen walking northbound on Potrero Avenue. An immediate search was initiated of Potrero Avenue and the surrounding area.

At approximately 10:15 a.m. Deputy Majano directed Deputy Goodman to park their patrol vehicle just north of the Muni bus stop located at Potrero Avenue and 16th Street. A Muni bus was pulling away from the bus stop when Deputy Majano flagged it down. Deputies Majano and Goodman boarded the bus and saw a subject matching the description of the missing patient sitting on the right rear seat. Deputy Majano made contact with the subject. Deputies Majano and Goodman's quick reactions and decision-making skills resulted in the successful return of the at-risk patient to San Francisco General Hospital.
District Attorney Staff Gets Victim Services Update by Sheriff's Technical Staff

In February, Lt. Hardy from the Sheriff's Technical Services Unit provided training to the S.F. District Attorney's staff on an automated victim notification service called VINE. "Victim Information and Notification Everyday" is funded by a California Emergency Management Agency grant and administered for California counties by the California State Sheriffs' Association.  VINE allows victims of crimes to register and be notified by phone, email or TTY that the offender in their case has been released.

As part of the Sheriff's ongoing effort to keep S.F. Criminal Justice partners up to date on the latest technologies available to assist victims of crime, Lt. Hardy gave a one hour presentation on how to register for VINE, the technical details of how the data is kept current, and answered questions from the groups.
From all reports the class was well received, and VINE materials and information were distributed to those in attendance. 

The VINE system can be accessed at http://www.sfsheriff.com/www.vinelink.com or by calling 1-877-411-5588

Diverting to Excellence 
 
In 1976, as a program of the San Francisco Sheriff's Department, Pre-Trial Diversion was created. Thirty-seven years later, the Sheriff's Department, has become a model of innovation in the design and implementation of alternatives to pre-trial detention. 
 
Built upon a philosophy of "Dignity, Respect, Compassion and Accountability," the Pre-Trial Diversion program has developed an array of services including the Own Recognizance Project, Supervised Pre-trial Release and Court Accountable Homeless Services.  
 
The following release programs provide a continuum of supervision levels to address the risk needs of the pretrial defendant. 
 
The Own Recognizance Project (OR) interviews all eligible defendants housed in the county jail system to elicit information about the individual's ties to the community. The OR Project case manager then calls the defendant's references to verify the information. The OR Project also runs the criminal history and obtains the arrest report. The entire OR document, called an OR workup, is presented to the duty judge for review. 
 
The Supervised Pretrial Release Program (SPR) was started in 1995 to alleviate jail overcrowding and help non-violent offenders receive necessary social services. Eligible clients are released directly from custody into SPR's supervision, where they receive daily case management. Case managers ensure that clients attend all court dates and have access to services such as substance abuse counseling. Case managers communicate with the Court, and the client remains under SPR supervision until sentenced, diverted or their case is dismissed. 
 
The Court Accountable Homeless Services (CAHS) offers a pretrial release and case management program for homeless defendants who are otherwise at risk for frequent re-incarcerations and court non-compliance. CAHS seeks to address chronic homelessness through intensive, individualized care. Many homeless persons exhibit a host of mental health and medical issues that impede their ability to navigate the judicial system, and must overcome many challenges beyond the lack of a stable address. CAHS provides an effective pretrial release option.
The Spiritual Community: an Important Role in Helping Before and After Release

On January 22, 2014, the San Francisco Sheriff's Department held the first of its kind, interfaith town hall, attended by over 80 local spiritual leaders. The purpose was to open a dialogue with the faith community and explore ways that the SFSD can support them in helping in our mission to reduce recidivism and providing a supporting environment for our population as they return to our communities. 
 
Sheriff Mirkarimi acknowledged dozens of faith community members who currently donate their valuable time ministering to those incarcerated in our jails and presented a certificate of appreciation to each of their organizations. The over-arching reaction from this group was that while the work is difficult and rewarding at the same time, it is essential to give this population some sense of hope and knowledge that there is a large community of people outside of our jails that believes in them and wants to help them succeed upon their release.

Pastor Paul Trudeau of City Church spoke about his work in our jails and how when people are incarcerated "they can go from realizing they are guilty to having shame," and how it is the job of the faith community to help draw the distinction between having done wrong and being wrong. He feels he receives so much from providing the service.

Michael Pappas, the executive director of the San Francisco Interfaith Council thanked the Department for opening up its doors to the faith community and pledged to facilitate the conversation and find ways to reach and respond to those most in need.

Other issues were also raised ranging from the more practical user friendliness of our clearance procedure and access to inmates to the fundamental purpose of the meeting - increasing opportunities for mentoring programs, developing and increasing opportunities for job training in the tech sector both in an out of custody, identifying accessible post-release housing, finding temporary housing for females released at night, increasing mental health services, the spiritual needs of many not being met and the need for an interfaith task group.

Sheriff Mirkarimi expressed his gratitude to all in attendance and pledged to find ways to make the department more accessible to the faith community and explore all the ideas and recommendations which were put forth.
Five Keys Charter Schools Graduations Winter 2014

 
The stage has been decorated, the music is setting a celebratory vibe, the teachers are ready to hand out programs and the doors finally open to the waiting crowd filled with parents, children and loved ones. It is time for the 21st graduating classes of the San Francisco Sheriff's Department Five Keys Charter Schools, Winter 2014, to receive their high school diploma, certificate of completion or GED at the Hall of Justice auditorium.

On January 10, 2014, after proceeding to the stage to the strains of Pomp and Circumstance, 27 in custody students received diplomas at a joyful morning ceremony. The group Batala San Francisco heightened the energy of the audience with their explosive samba reggae drumming. 

At both ceremonies Steve Good, Five Keys executive director, warmly welcomed everyone and Sheriff Mirkarimi delivered the opening remarks addressing the importance of the students' accomplishments and the integral links that community and family provide.

The Community Graduation was held later the same day and saw 63 students receive the proof of their achievement. Many of the community graduates were on stage, but many were unable to attend as they were engaged in work and further study commitments they have made as they map out their journey forward.
Both ceremonies were enriched by remarks from in custody and community student speakers as well as stirring messages from teachers and motivational presenters.
 
Congratulations and kudos to all the graduates. We look forward to following your progress as you pursue your dreams.  
 

 
2013 San Francisco Sheriff's Department 
Information Technology Support and Services
 Unit  
Questions and comments to 
david.hardy@sfgov.org