Why Should 850 Bryant Be Shut Down?
Some More Facts About 850 Bryant St & San Francisco’s Jail System
- About 84% of the people in SF jails are pre-trial cases and about 45% of people in SF jails have a bail set at $100,000 or more, as SF County leads the state of CA in highest averages for bail. CA averages five times higher than the national average.
- It costs $258/day to keep a person in jail, while it’s only $40/day to provide a shelter bed
- About 23% of San Francisco’s general fund goes to policing and criminalization, while the Sheriff’s budget grows every year.
- In the sheriff’s own words in October 2018 – “850 Bryant needs to be closed”. All City supervisors who have spoken about this issue agree that the jail must be closed.
- The city has been talking about its closure since 1996 due to earthquake un-safety, and city administrator Naomi Kelly announced in 2017 that the jail must be closed in 2019.
- In January of 2017, eight major unions in San Francisco filed a letter to the City Attorney claiming that the city would be liable for injury or death in the case of an earthquake. Despite this, there has been no action or plan from city leaders to close the jail and prevent such a tragedy.
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