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Sheriff Mike Hennessey
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A Message from Sheriff 
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Thanks to Sheriff Michael Hennessey (Ret.) and his administration, the San Francisco Sheriff's Department has been a national leader of rehabilitation and educational services to incarcerated men and women for the past thirty years. While many of these programs were both visionary for their time and proved durable for today, it is not the time to sit on our laurels.
With the new year underway, we have launched an in-depth assessment of how we maintain public safety through the operation of a conventional jail system coupled with the flexibility to innovate community-based rehabilitation programming both in and out of the custody setting. For years as District 5 Supervisor I pressed for citywide community policing. In many ways, some of the best forms of community policing can be practiced in our jails. The strategy of engagement on our streets carries over into incarceration, but it's with that transition that our department-in tandem with local criminal justice partners-shall focus on the value of restorative justice, substance abuse treatment, education/vocational training, combating unemployment, violence and anger management, physical and mental health fitness, family integration, housing access, and more.
On January 29, 2013, I will preside over the first graduating class of this new year of the San Francisco Sheriff's Department Five Keys Charter School - the nation's first charter public high school in a jail system established 10 years ago. This class of 45 graduates is the first to emerge as our economy brightens. While San Francisco can be a very caring city, it's also cost-prohibitive. We don't need more risk analysis to tell us that if we want someone to stay out of jail, we need to help them obtain a living wage job.

In the months to come, we'll unveil the changes that are afoot and highlight the experiences and challenges of our endeavors and daily operations-all of which is aimed at maintaining public safety and helping the formerly incarcerated to stay that way.
SFSD inFocus:  County Jail
System - Part One

Part One in a series of articles that will serve to inform and educate the public on the San Francisco County Jail system. Look forward to future editions where each jail facility will be spotlighted to detail the function and role that it plays in our system.


Amidst San Francisco's unique and diverse neighborhoods, such as the Mission, the Richmond, the Fillmore, and the Bayview, there is one neighborhood that is often overlooked--the County Jail.

Just like in all communities, those who keep the peace in this neighborhood face challenges in preventing criminal activity and ensuring the protection and safety of its inhabitants.  Meeting those challenges head-on and walking the toughest beat in San Francisco are our professional and dedicated staff of Sheriff's Deputies. In addition, our community can only function because of the hard work of numerous civilian team members.  This team includes building engineers, doctors, nurses, psychologists, attorneys, legal aids, rehabilitation services coordinators and educators.

The San Francisco County Jail community can have a population of up to 2200 inmates, along with the hundreds of employees who work there every day. The system is comprised of six separate jail facilities, spread across San Francisco and San Mateo counties, each serving a specific purpose. 


When thinking of jail, most people conjure up images of concrete and bars, and hours spent idly sitting in a cell marking days on a calendar. Many would be surprised to learn the variety of programs and activities that make up our community: it has traffic, hospitals, schools, food, crime, an economy, politics, art, theater, and town gossip. Each day inmates may go to and from court appearances, to the infirmary for medical treatment, to the gym for state-mandated recreation and to class for participation in programs and education. Inmate workers staff two industrial size kitchens where over 4600 meals are prepared every day and two industrial size laundry rooms in order to clothe the approximately 1550 inmates currently in custody.


Within our jail is an accredited high school called the Five Keys Charter School.  Inmates participate in classes and are offered the opportunity to earn a high school diploma or equivalency while in our custody and after they are released. The department has long been committed to the potentially transformative power of programs in a jail setting. Inmates in our custody have an opportunity to receive vocational training, education, substance abuse treatment and anger management training. Most recently, the department has begun a food service training program in which participants may attain a ServSafe food handler card which is required for most types of work in the restaurant industry.

The county jail is a bustling but often-forgotten San Francisco neighborhood with thousands of residents and thousands more that visit. In keeping this neighborhood's inhabitants and visitors safe and secure, our dedicated Sheriff's Deputies help keep all of San Francisco's neighborhoods safer. 

Cold Case Files: SF Sheriff's DNA Collection
In 2000the department was one of the first agencies to begin collection of DNA as the result of the passage of the DNA and Forensic Identification Database and Data 
Bank Act of 1998. This law allowed samples to be collected for specific crimes. In 2004 voters passed Proposition 69 which significantly increased the number of criminal defendants subject to DNA collection. The new law required DNA samples from anyone convicted of any felony and in 2009 required samples would be required from anyone arrested for any felony offense. 

For the first seven years the department not only collected DNA for San Francisco, but also for seven neighboring Bay Area counties, Bay Area CDCR Parole Units, Golden Gate Conditional Release (releases from Napa, Vacaville, etc.), the Delancey St. Foundation, the Salvation Army and other program facilities. For most of those first years, San Francisco Sheriff's Department submitted the highest number of DNA samples to the Department of Justice (DOJ) of any county. Today we continue to provide support to our neighboring counties and to other agencies, as well as to other states who request samples from their parolees and probationers who have moved to the Bay Area. Over the years the number of samples collected has ranged from 25 in our first year, to a high of 6,574 in 2009. We now collect an average of 2,900 DNA samples each year.

The San Francisco Sheriff's DNA collection efforts have resulted in over 200 cold hits on cases ranging from burglary to rape to murder, including a 21 year-old unsolved homicide in Alameda County.
Sheriff's Department Operations on New Year's Eve

Answering the call to provide additional law enforcement personnel to the City and County, each year the Sheriff's Department declares New Year's Eve and New Year's Day an Extended Work Week.  This results in the cancellation of regular days off for almost all department employees. This year, through special assignments and squads, nearly 100 Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to New Year's celebrations throughout the City.

The Department's Emergency Service Unit (ESU) focused their patrol on the Market Street area from the Ferry Building to Sixth Street. The ESU responded to incidents, oversaw multiple groups of party-goers, assisted BART Police and made a number of arrests. Many of those arrested for public intoxication were not booked into jail but taken to the Tom Waddell Clinic to sober up.

Given the large scale of the celebration, the relatively few number of arrests made is a direct reflection of the professionalism and training of the Department's ESU personnel. Our ESU helped to ensure that no one broke the law, vandalized City and County property, or became so intoxicated that they were a danger to themselves or to anyone else. This allowed celebrants to ring in the New Year safely.

Sheriff's Chaplaincy Program


SF Sheriff Interfaith Logo The Department's Chaplaincy Program is comprised of ordained clergypersons and its purpose is to provide a supportive "ministry of presence" for all Department staff and their families. Chaplains do not advocate for their own personal faith tradition but represent a non-denominational and interfaith approach. Chaplains assist each person to fully live out their personal faith choices.

Services include crisis intervention, counseling, critical incident and stress management, support of SFSD personnel during and after critical incidents, grief counseling, and spiritual support. Chaplains are also available for special occasions such as weddings, funerals, and memorial services.

There are four components to the Chaplaincy Program's outreach:

  1. Compassion-providing immediate support and connecting people to appropriate resources they may need;
  2. Acceptance-of people unconditionally and of their specific needs;
  3. Reflection-helping keep things in perspective, past, present, and future;
  4. Encouragement-offering hope in difficult situations which aids in recovery and helps build a future.

Chaplains are available for informal consultations and all conversations with a Chaplain are private and held in the strictest confidence. If you would like more information about the SFSD Chaplains and their services, please contact Chaplain Dan White Sr. directly via email at: 2revup@comcast.net or via telephone at: 415-640-5693.

Incarcerated Veterans Honor the Legacy of Dr. King

COVER Inmates saluting The COVER (Community of Veterans Engaged in Restoration) pod at County Jail # 5 in San Bruno celebrated the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. at a special commemoration on Friday, January 18, 2013. The theme for the event was the 50th anniversary of King's arrest and incarceration in the Birmingham County Jail. It was during this imprisonment that King wrote his famous letter stating that "justice too long delayed is justice denied." It was this letter that sparked the children's protest on May 2nd, and eventually the large March on Washington. The next year, The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed.

As a community, the veterans read the "I Have a Dream" speech.  Captain Paulson, the facility commander, spoke to the inmates urging them to use this as a challenge, to learn that even during incarceration, a man can use his time to make changes in himself, and changes in the world.
Frank T. Williams, an ex-offender who is now a motivational speaker, made a special appearance at the event. He is the author of "Knowledge in Poetic Views." This day he exhorted the veterans to "Fight for the cause, freedom for us all, for every light should shine."
Many of the veterans are participating in a writing program sponsored by the U.S Department of Veteran's Affairs, and they read poems and short essays about what the experience of Martin Luther King, Jr. meant to them.

A feast was provided for the Veterans by Glide Memorial Church, who also provided a meal for the Resolve to Stop the Violence Program. For dessert, the veterans ate pecan pie, which was Martin Luther King, Jr.'s favorite dessert.
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