We did it! San Francisco said NO to the new jail!

Dear supporter,

Yesterday was a historic moment in our long and difficult fight against jail expansion in California: The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to reject the new jail! 

Since 2013, the people of San Francisco have been standing up to the City’s proposal to build a new jail and fortify its reliance on imprisonment. We have been demanding stronger invesments in mental health and substance use treatment programs, affordable housing, and true alternatives to incarceration.

Yesterday, the Supervisors listened to the voice and power of the community! 

The building at 850 Bryant “needs to come down, but more than a building we need to tear down the system of mass incarceration it represents,” said Board President London Breed. “I am not going to support another stand-alone jail to continue to lock up African Americans and Latinos in this city.”

This is a monumental victory. And we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you.

More than 200 of you sent emails to Supervisors in the last week alone, and countless more bombarded their offices with calls, and flooded the hearings with your powerful presence. They know we will hold them to their responsibility to care for residents by providing diversion, mental health and substance use treatment, housing, and other community-delivered services. It is programs like these that have pushed San Francisco forward as a model city in reducing its jail population.

But we know tearing down systemic oppression is an uphill battle.

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