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|No New SF Jail! Stop the SF Jail Fast-Track!|
|Date||Tuesday July 21|
|Time||3:00 PM - 6:00 PM|
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|City Hall, Room 250|
|mlyon01 [at] comcast.net|
No New SF Jail! Stop the SF Jail Fast-Track!
Demand Full EIR Review! No Application for State Funds!
SF Supes Hearing, Tuesday, July 21st, 3 PM. City Hall, Room 250
The SF Supervisors will be voting
(1) whether to approve the Planning Department’s decision to allow the project to proceed without a complete Environmental Impact Report (the so-called “negative declaration”) and
(2) whether to approve the City's application for $80 million from the State to ease the $600+ million this project would cost.
Please come to this hearing and speak.
The City is trying to railroad this disastrous project through despite widespread community opposition. We say this program is a disaster because (1) the overwhelmingly disproportionate percentage of people of color in SF jails, (2) the large proportion of SF inmates awaiting trial but too poor to make bail, (3) the low crime rate and low occupancy of SF jails, meaning current inmates could be housed in present facilities, (4) the huge cost of the project, servicing a debt of $600 million over a thirty year period, instead of supplying vital health and human services, and (5) loss of an opportunity to embrace more effective and humane alternatives to incarceration, ranging from immediate changes like bail reform, to long-range solutions like affordable supportive housing and mental health services.
With two police murders of Latin residents, a major scandal of racist and homophobic text messages with death threats by SF police, the stepped-up police profiling of black, Latin, and poor residents of areas like the Mission that are selected for gentrification and displacement, and the plan to hire hundreds more police, our reasons for opposing a new jail and hiring new police are stronger than ever. Police Chief Greg Suhr has already signaled that a new SF jail and hundreds of more police would lead to increased criminalization of homelessness and profiling of black, brown, and poor residents in areas targeted for development and gentrification.
Critical Resistance has issued an important new People's Report, showing how much this jail/police program would cost, how many services would have to be sacrificed to pay for it, why this jail/police program is unnecessary, what the alternatives are, and how to get involved and join the fight against it. The People's Report is available at http://tinyurl.com/nh3przd