Getting Out & Getting Free: June’s Abolition in Action Event

Jesus “Frisco Lens” shared his experience of being in and out of SF jails with No New SF Jail Coalition in preparation for our June Abolition in Action Series event on Reentry support & services–Getting Out & Getting Free. Jesus is one of 8 grassroots experts speaking at our event.  Listen to his experience hear:

Press Coverage for #ShutDown850 Campaign:


  • To Build a Stronger San Francisco, 850 Bryant Must Go. Op-ed in SF Examiner. April 23, 2020. Read here.
  • San Francisco Supervisor proposes permanently shutting down troubled county jail. Peninsula Press. April 20, 2020. Read and watch video here.
  • Campaign seeks to close jail at Hall of Justice: Sup. Fewer bill would shutter the dirty, dangerous, old facility by Nov. 1. 48 Hills. April 16, 2020. Read here.
  • “COVID-19 Capitalism…” UpFront on KPFA, Melissa Hernandez talks about NoNewSFJails’ fight to #ShutDown850 and Fewer’s ordinance. April 15, 2020.  Listen here (Melissa starts at 1:34:40).
  • Amid Coronavirus Threat, SF Supe Seeks Rapid Closure of Dilapidated Jail. SF Chronicle. March 24, 2020Read here.
  • Santa Rita is not the Solution for Housing San Francisco’s Jail Population: The City Must Find Other Ways to Close the Seismically Unsafe County Jail #4. SF Examiner. March 15, 2020Read here.


  • I was Incarcerated at 850 Bryant as a Youth. It Needs to be Finally Closed: The Movement to Shut Down the Juvenile Justice Center Needs to Include County Jail 4.  SF Examiner. April 23, 2019Read here


  • San Francisco Officials Wanted to Close a Dilapidated Jail by 2019. So why is it still open? Dec 14, 2018. Read here. 
  • San Francisco’s Earthquake-Unsafe Jail Leaves Prisoners in Peril. Oct 15, 2018. Read here.
  • Do the Math: More Arrests will fill the jail, not close it. Feb 24, 2018. Read here.


Media for our campaign Defeating a Proposed New Jail:

  • You can find other examples of our visual media here

Press Coverage


Coverage from Dec 15th Board Vote to Reject New Jail Proposal

  • San Francisco Officials Propose Mental Health Facility to Replace Jail Plan 
    Jan 5, 2016. Read here.
  • No New Jail after SF supervisors refuse to allocate funds 
    Dec 16, 2015. Read here.
  • SF supes unanimously turn down plan to build new jail  
    Dec 15, 2015. Read here.
  • SF supes unanimously reject proposal for new $240 million jail  
    Dec 15, 2015. Read here.

San Francisco's Board of Supervisors vote down proposal to build a new jail. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

  • All Eyes on San Francisco: Stopping the Prison Industrial Complex, One Jail at a Time
    Dec 11, 2015. 
    Read here.
  • POOR magazine 
    Dec 8, 2015. 
    Read here.
  • S.F. should drop new jail idea, tap alternatives to incarceration   
    Dec 7, 2015. Read here.
  • Peskin In, Jail Out 
    Dec 7, 2015. 
    Read here.
  • Protesters turn out at hearing for proposed jail, force members to go into recess 
    Dec 2, 2015. 
    Read here.
  • Protesters Shut Down City Hall Meeting on New San Francisco Jail Proposal 
    Dec 2, 2015. 
    Read here.
  • The time is now to stop the SF jail 
    Dec 1, 2015. 
    Read here.

NBC Bay Area’s coverage of our Town Hall meeting on May 30, 2015

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Footage from our mobilization to the the environmental review community meeting in San Francisco.

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More Past Articles

San Francisco should fund effective programs, not a new jail – SF Chronicle, by Supervisor Jane Kim

The problem isn’t the sheriff – it’s the jail – SF Examiner, by Andrew Szeto

S.F. jail inmates forced to fight, public defender says – SF Chronicle, by Vivian Ho

No to Prison Industrial Complex: San Francisco’s Trans Community Responds to Brutal Murders – Truthout, by Toshio Meronek.

The waste, inequity of filling jails with those who can’t make bail – SF Chronicle, by Jeff Adachi and Naneen Karraker

All media and press from 2014 and before can be found here.