After the 2015 victory in stopping a new jail from being built, the No New SF Jail coalition worked alongside city players to try to bring down the jail population in order to close the jail at 850 Bryant without constructing or reopening any jails. While there have been several policy changes, programmatic expansions, and some creation of new resources these have not resulted in a decrease in the jail numbers. In fact, the population size is staying the same or increasing. At the same time, more cops have taken to the streets and there has been a concerted effort to remove and criminalize houseless people. As a result, a staggering 40% of people in the jail system are houseless.
Even though city officials agree that 850 Bryant needs to close, they are stalling in order to put forward their replacement ideas that include sending imprisoned people to Santa Rita Jail in Alameda County, refurbishing and reopening the closed County Jail 6 in San Bruno, or building a new jail. Each of these proposals is unacceptable and we can’t wait any longer to get imprisoned people out of the building and close 850 Bryant. We are emboldened by recent efforts to legislate the closure of Juvenile Hall and know the same is possible for 850 Bryant, a seismically catastrophic building. Now is the time and we believe with your support we will pass legislation by the end of this year to close 850 Bryant.
We are building momentum and we ask you to get involved!
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About the Campaign to Close 850 Bryant
Close 850 Bryant Now! No New Jails!: Flyer detailing No New SF Jail’s specific demands in the current state of the jail fight, including brief talking points, statistics, and a recommendation for investment in community based resources. (https://nonewsfjail.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/nnsfj_close850detail.pdf)
Building Power Together: Connecting People Impacted by SF Jails: Coalition reaching out to connect with community members who are closely impacted by SF jails, and asking for their involvement with the fight to close 850 Bryant. English and Spanish
8 Steps to a Jail Free San Francisco: List of criteria put forth by No New SF Jails coalition after the defeat of the jail plan in SF, outlining recommendations for policies and practices invested in an abolitionist vision of equity, self-determination, and community health. (https://nonewsfjail.files.wordpress.com/2016/05/8stepsnew.pdf)
2019 Budget Report on Savings (2019): Report detailing proposed budget reductions for the City and County of San Francisco in the areas of policing and imprisonment. This report also outlines investments that can be made to support SF’s most policed and jailed communities with housing and other resources. (https://nonewsfjail.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/budgetfinalreport_4.11.2019.pdf)
Jail Closure Plan : Document drawing on policy proposals put forth by the city-initiated “Workgroup to Re-envision the Jail Replacement Project;” details No New SF Jail’s recommendations for implementation of select proposals from the workgroup that can work to address harm and accountability without reliance on jailing. (https://nonewsfjail.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/jailclosure20181018short.pdf)
About Closing Jails and Stopping Jail Expansion
Alternative Investments to Imprisonment: Flyer refuting the value of policing and prisons in California communities, arguing instead for investment in sustainable community-based solutions that emphasize restorative and transformative justice practices (https://nonewsfjail.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/alternative-investments_jpg.jpg?)
Abolitionist Responses to Jail Expansion and Reform: Chart providing examples of common proposals/reforms to the PIC that are often obscured as “accommodative,” and work to legitimize and expand the PIC, with corresponding recommendations for transformative, abolitionist alternatives to policing and prisons as a whole (http://criticalresistance.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/jail-reform-chart.pdf)
Toward the Abolition of Imprisonment: Dismantling Jails: Briefing deconstructing jails as a destructive weapon of the PIC, and outlining ongoing state practices in jail expansion. Provides suggestions for real-life tactics in pursuit of the abolition of jails, and a call for resistance beyond just jails (http://criticalresistance.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/no-jails-draft-for-BTB.pdf)