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Ross Mirkarimi

The path to successful reentry is no mystery -- connection, education and training, healing, and above all, commitment to changing the course that ended in jail. We can offer the tools, but the only the person can keep the "ex" in front of ex-offender. In order to help facilitate family and community ties, we've developed a comprehensive Inmate Locator tool on our website. Multi-lingual, user-friendly, and accessible by computer and smart phone, this service provides convenient access for family and friends to maintain contact. With online visiting, and allowing 16 year olds to visit, the new locater adds another link between inmates and the places where they will return.  
Our vocational programs provide training for jobs that enhance and empower the community. Case in point -- the front gate at County Jail #5 was completed with solar panels built by our students. This solar array will light the facility's signage while a companion array will light the flag. Healing skills complement practical skills, and four of our men in the Resolve to Stop the Violence Program became certified assistant facilitators in a nonviolence conflict reconciliation program developed from the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peers in and out of custody are learning this training and life experience to sort out conflict and violence, and to create understanding and peace. 
Women also have opportunities to participate in healing programs. Twenty-five committed survivors of domestic violence worked with our Survivor Restoration Program and the International Association for Human Values to learn techniques to release trauma. Participants found the training transformative. Acupuncture, offered by our Women's Resource Center, is another technique for relieving stress and promoting wellbeing, especially when combined with other therapies for relief from addictions and mental health issues.
Many people come to jail broken, but find the means there to become whole again. The professionalism and commitment of our staff facilitate and contribute to an environment that fosters the ability of the inmates to see their families and to participate in education and training programs. The Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute (SBSLI), Project Urban Shield, and softball competitions all offer our deputies opportunities for training and team building exercises. We are honored by the accomplishments of our staff.
There is no question that the expense of incarceration disproportionately affects working class and poor families. Last year, we took on the unreasonable phone fees charged to inmates and their families who were literally paying a high price to stay connected. We are pleased that the FCC recently capped phone fees in jails and in federal and state prisons. 
Our next challenge is bail reform. Many pretrial detainees sit in jail, while their families and jobs begin to fall apart from their absence and from stress simply because they cannot afford bail. Unreasonable bail requirements are also unconstitutional. After unsuccessful proposals to advance electronic monitoring and other programs as alternatives to the inability to buy pretrial release, a class action lawsuit was filed to challenge the fixed cash bail system and push this issue forward. 
Public safety depends on public trust, and public trust requires an equitable justice system -- blind to color and to bank account. We have a ways to go to reach these goals, but we'll keep working in that direction.

Sheriff Mirkarimi Supports Ending City's Money Bail System
A class action lawsuit filed in federal court on October 29, 2015 by Equal Justice Under Law, a Washington, D.C.-based civil rights organization that fights systemic inequalities in the legal system, seeks to end the practice of money bail in San Francisco. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, takes aim at San Francisco's "wealth-based detention scheme."
Sheriff Mirkarimi, who submitted a declaration stating his position on the lawsuit, stated that "the use of monetary conditions to detain pretrial defendants penalizes indigent arrestees solely based on their wealth status. The notion that someone's freedom depends on the amount of money they have is anathema to equality and justice."
San Francisco's fixed bail schedule, set by San Francisco Superior Court judges and ranking among the most expensive in the state, sets bail amounts based on offense and does not take individual circumstances or public safety into account, according to the lawsuit. Approximately 50 people per day and 18,000 people per year are booked into San Francisco County Jail. About 85 percent of inmates have not yet been convicted. Because they cannot afford bail, they can remain locked up for months while awaiting trial, often losing their housing, jobs, or children.
The lawsuit argues that appropriate conditions of release -- including pretrial release services and text message or phone call reminders of court dates -- can save taxpayer dollars while also increasing public safety and court appearance rates. The lawsuit also calls for appropriate alternatives to pretrial incarceration such as electronic monitoring, intervention and rehabilitation programs, stay-away orders, and home detention.
Lawsuit Aims To End San Francisco's Money-Based Bail System. CBS Local. 10/29/15.
Group files class-action complaint to scrap S.F.'s cash-bail system. SF Gate. 10/29/15.
Lawsuit Seeks to End Money Bail System. The People's Vanguard of Davis. 10/30/15.

Launch of New Online Inmate Locator Fast Tracks Public Access to SF's Incarcerated Population
On October 7, 2015, SFSD launched a comprehensive, multi-lingual Inmate Locator on our web site. The user-friendly program, which can be accessed by both computer and smart phone, is a one-stop-shop service for members of the public looking for inmates in San Francisco's jail system.
Easily accessed at the SFSD's home page at sfsheriff.com, users simply key in an inmate's name, SF number, or booking number for real-time details on where an inmate is currently housed at the county jail. As the SFSD's Inmate Locator is open to the public it will be especially helpful for loved ones with friends or family members, including parents, in the jails.
"This [the Inmate Locator] will provide youth with a direct access point to initiate much needed contact with their parents," said Zoe Willmott, Project WHAT! Manager.
Balancing the department's responsibility to protect inmate privacy with the right of the public to access information on incarcerated persons in our jails, the locator provides a comprehensive scope of public information -- which it makes available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Russian. In addition to housing information, users can review an inmate's current charges, bail amount, upcoming court date, projected release date, relevant court department, docket number, and age.
Users will also find helpful links to resources including the SFSD's popular Schedule a Visit program, instructions for sending a care package and for adding money to commissary accounts, directions to each of the county's three jails - including public transportation options, and visiting rules.
The SFSD's Inmate Locator was researched, designed, and built by the department's Information Technology Services Section in close collaboration with the City and County of San Francisco's Department of Technology.
New Inmate Locator makes it much easier to find someone in SF County Jail. SF Examiner. 10/07/2015.
Inmate locator in San Francisco jails. KGO Radio. 10/7/2015.

FCC Votes to Reduce Inmate Phone Rates Nationwide
Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi this month lauded the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)'s decision to reduce the cost of calls in prisons and jails nationwide, a move that will help inmates across the country to maintain connections with loved ones -- which will help to lower recidivism rates.
The SFSD became the first municipal law enforcement agency in the country to tackle the burdensome practices of unregulated phone commissions by the telecommunications industry. In June of 2014, responding to what he recognized to be unreasonably high rates being charged largely to loved ones calling inmates in San Francisco county jails, Sheriff Mirkarimi instituted comprehensive reforms - reducing by 70 percent the cost of 15 minute collect and pre-paid collect, in-state long distance calls from $13.35 to $4.05. Fifteen minute debit, in-state long distance calls were cut 32% from $5.98 to $4.05.
Prompted by his reforms, the FCC invited the Sheriff to Washington, D.C. in December of 2014 to present his analysis on the imperative that national regulation be enacted.
"After my meeting with the FCC last year I was hopeful that change would come despite strong resistance from the private sector and the corrections industry," said Sheriff Mirkarimi.
This week's 3-2 FCC vote caps state and federal prison phone rates at 11 cents per minute. Jail rates will be capped at 14 to 22 cents per minute depending on the size of the jail facility. The FCC's proposal, which extends to immigration detention centers, also limits additional fees and "strongly encourages parties to move away from site commissions."
Evidence-based practice shows that inmates who maintain strong social support networks are less likely to re-offend.

Obama administration approves plan to make prison phone calls more affordable. Huffington Post. 10/22/15.

Final Touches, Including Solar Panels, Complete County Jail #5
The completion of the front gate along with the  demolition of the old County Jail #3 were the final milestones to the completion of the County Jail #5 (CJ#5) Project.
The last of the project funds will be used to try to connect the farm sewage system to the new system. The front gate has incorporated a solar panel array that charges-up an advanced set of batteries that light up the facility's signage all night long. A companion array on the CJ#5 administration roof will light up the flag at night as well. Both of the photo-voltaic stand-alone panels were built
Solar panels, built as part of a job training project for in-custody students, energize signage and the flag at CJ5 -- and complement the completion of the facility's new front gate.
as part of a vocational project by persons in custody. The Front Gate Station was the first SFSD facility to use modern IP network touchscreen technology for its security system inclusive of cameras, intercoms, and door controls. CJ#1 and CJ#2 are being retrofitted with similar technology. The front gate has also incorporated the latest in LED lighting from the street lamps to the interior lighting. The front gate was meant to be a sturdy and safe building that can be operated in many ways. The deputies within the capsule have view lines up and down the roads and they can utilize pan/tilt/zoom cameras to enhance their views while still in the safety of the capsule.

SFSD's Survivor Restoration Program Partners with S.M.A.R.T.
S.M.A.R.T. program staff train SFSD Survivor Restoration Program staff during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the SFSD's Survivor Restoration Program (SRP) joined forces with the International Association for Human Values' award-winning Stress Management and Rehabilitation Training (S.M.A.R.T.) program -- with thrilling (or, more accurately, "calming") results!
Twenty five committed and thriving survivors of domestic abuse completed the unique S.M.A.R.T. program, marking the first time ever that so many survivors have taken part in the training program at one time. This achievement was made possible by the commitment of SRP staff who also provided transportation, child care, and food.
The most innovative aspect of the training is the Sudarshan Kriya breathing technique, which research shows helps to release trauma and provides a sense of calm and peace. Participants have called the training life changing and extremely effective.
SFSD's SRP provides advocacy and support services for survivors of domestic and random violence whose perpetrators are participating in our custody offender programs. We assist survivors and coordinate referrals for safety planning, crisis interventions, and empowerment programs. We provide referrals and work in collaboration with agencies such as the District Attorney's Victim Services, hospitals, immigration, and legal and employment services. Survivors are supported while navigating through family, criminal, civil appearances, and city agencies. 

Onward and Upward
Kazu Huga and Theresa Guy Morgan of the East Point Peace Academy watch as graduates of RSVP's Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation program congratulate one another.
On October 1, 2015, four men housed in the Resolve to  Stop the Violence Program (RSVP) pod at County Jail #5 became certified as assistant facilitators in Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation.
A philosophy developed out of the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., these men will go on to lead Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation workshops for their peers as well as members of the community -- who will come into the jail to learn about conflict, violence, peace and nonviolence from them. The four graduated from a six-month training facilitated by the East Point Peace Academy. They will have an opportunity to use their life experiences, good and bad, to their advantage and to educate others about the need to create cultures of peace. 

Bravery In the Face of Danger
Sr. Deputy Clauzel helped to move to safety a victim ejected from her car at the scene of this flaming auto accident on the 580 freeway.
On Thursday evening, October 8, 2015, while off duty and driving on the 580 freeway, Sr. Deputy M. Clauzel saw a BMW SUV that had been badly damaged in an accident. There was an intense fire burning around the vehicle and it appeared to be spreading. Sr. Deputy Clauzel ran down the embankment in the direction of the burning vehicle and came upon a victim who had been ejected from the BMW during the accident. The subject was screaming that she could not feel her legs and smoke and flames from the fire were rapidly approaching her location. Sr. Deputy Clauzel called upon two private citizens to help pull the victim to safety. His jacket was placed underneath her head to help immobilize her and prevent further injury. He then assisted with traffic control at the accident location and thoroughly briefed responding fire, EMS and CHP personnel of the situation.
Sr. Deputy Clauzel displayed leadership and bravery in the face of risks that could have ended in the loss of life. His subsequent Captain's Commendation reads: "Your motivation and commitment to the mission of the San Francisco Sheriff's Department are commendable and an example of the highest standard of law enforcement service."
As a result of his actions, Sr. Deputy Clauzel has been recommended to receive the SFSD's Silver Medal of Valor.
Woman rescued from burning car reunites with heroic San Francisco cop, deputy sheriff. ABC7. 10/29/15.

Graduated Leader
On September 4, 2015, Sgt. J. Caramucci graduated from The Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute (SBSLI). Sgt. Caramucci was one of 24 Sergeants selected from around the state to participate in the program.
The SBSLI is designed to stimulate personal growth, leadership, and ethical decision-making in California law enforcement front-line supervisors. Designed and implemented in 1988 through the efforts of California law enforcement professionals and top educators and trainers, the SBSLI is an intense program based on experiential learning techniques. Students are challenged to learn new ways to resolve issues through group and individual work.

Sgt. Caramucci at the SBSLI graduation with his wife and son.
The curriculum takes the students through an analysis of management (such as planning and organizing) and leadership and how each discipline complements the other. The course progresses from self-evaluation, to interpersonal evaluation, to organizational relationships.
Sgt. Caramucci is the Unit Manager for the Sheriff's City Hall Security Unit. Congratulations, Sgt. Caramucci!

Quick Action by Sgt. Caramucci Facilitates Resuscitation of Man Found Overdosed at City Hall
Quick thinking on the part of Sgt. J. Caramucci saved the life of a man who was found unconscious and not breathing in a City Hall bathroom in August after an apparent drug overdose.
Sgt. Caramucci responded at about 11:30am to a call from a facility custodian reporting that a man in his 30's was unconscious in a bathroom stall. He used a pocket knife to open the locked stall door and found the man unconscious, with a needle in his arm, and not breathing. Sgt. Caramucci immediately deployed life-saving measures and contacted paramedics who quickly arrived on the scene, resuscitated the subject and transported him to a hospital.
A liquid substance found later at the scene tested positive for heroin.
"We're proud of our deputies for their swift and effective work in this case," said Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi.
Sheriff's Deputy Helps Save Man Who OD'd at S.F. City Hall. SFGate. 8/20/15.
Urban Shield 2015
Urban Shield 2015 Site #24: Golden Gate Bridge, North. September 12, 2015.
Since its inception in 2007, SFSD participates in the Urban Shield regional training exercise hosted by the Alameda County Sheriff's Office.  Urban Shield is a unique event that allows participating teams a practical opportunity to evaluate their level of preparedness and ability to perform during a 48-hour continuous operational period.
This year, members of the SFSD's Special Response Team (SRT) participated as a tactical team, and the Emergency Services Unit operated two sites with different tactical scenarios at the Hall of Justice.  During the training exercise, the SRT participated in 34 individual events ranging from Search Warrant Service to Active Shooter/Immediate Action scenarios. Teams are transported to the individual scenario sites located in five separate Area Commands throughout the Bay Area. The SRT was confronted with events designed to test their capabilities and decision-making, and was debriefed after each scenario with immediate feedback from tactical evaluators.
Our participation has proven invaluable, leading to challenging experiences for the team and an increase in our operational capabilities. 
This event is not limited to teams from our regional area, but is open to any team wishing to participate. This year, teams from Miami, Texas, and Korea participated. In past years, teams from Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Boston have participated, as well as teams representing the governments of France, Israel, Jordan, Brazil, and the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Acupuncture at the WRC!
  The SFSD's Women's Resource Center (WRC) in September began offering free acupuncture, with a twist. Auricular acupuncture addresses pressure points on the ears and is widely acknowledged to alleviate stress and instill feelings of independence, especially among those suffering from addictions or mental health issues.
The WRC's collaboration with the California Institute of Integral Studies which operates clinics throughout the city will bring "a wealth of much needed services for mental well-being," according to WRC Director, Ida McCray. More broadly, the initiative will work in conjunction with other therapies, such as individual and group counseling sessions, in order to promote wellness and thus "ascertain some healthy goals for their life."
Auricular acupuncture is just one part of a raft of innovative measures aimed at reducing recidivism among women post-release and caring for, in some cases, homeless women and others "seeking attention, comfort and refuge."
In addition to clients, the treatment will also be made available to frontline staff at the WRC.

Play Ball!
SFSD team, 2015 Fleet Week Softball Tournament. Looking good!
On Thursday, October 9, 2015 the annual Fleet Week Softball Tournament was held at Moscone Park. It was a beautiful day to play softball, with few clouds in the sky. Fourteen players proudly represent the SFSD.
Our first game was against the United States Marine Corps. We scored several runs in the first inning and never looked back. Sr. Deputy Conway showed his hitting power and running speed by hitting a homerun! Deputy T. Kang was our pitcher and pitched an outstanding game. We beat the Marines by a score of 13 to 11.
Our second game was against the SF Police Department (SFPD). They had a very good, competitive team this year. Cadet V. Becerra's homerun was called back as a ground rule double because the ball rolled into the stands of the next field. Deputy D. Daguman made some of the best defensive plays in the tournament. We ended up losing to the SFPD by a score of 7 to 0.
Special thanks to Sheriff Mikirami for allowing us to participate this year, and many thanks to all of the command staff, supervisors, deputies and families who came to support us. As usual, our department came out in full force! We hope to see everyone again next year!

SFSD Around Town
Members of the SFSD's Mounted Unit were all smiles on October 11, at the 147th Annual Italian Heritage Day Parade!

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