The fight to stop jail expansion in San Francisco continues. Tomorrow, Thursday April 6th, the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Sub-Committee will vote again on authorizing Sheriff Hennessy’s application for state renovation funds for County Jail 2 (Seventh Street). The proposal is currently being vetted at a state level, and if approved, will come back to the SF Supervisors for final approval around June 2017.
The Sheriff’s Proposal includes:
- Expanding the Jail. There are plans to renovate an area of the jail that has been closed for years, effectively expanding the jail’s capacity by 24 people.
- Higher Security for Prisoners with Mental Health Concerns. The proposal would create 24 two person maximum security cells for people needing mental health support.
- Isolation of Trans Prisoners. There are plans to renovate an area where transgender prisoners are currently held, likely leading to their transfer to higher security cells, meaning increased isolation and control, rather than their release.
- Sending Prisoners to Another County or Renovating a Jail that the City Ordered Closed.During this proposed renovation, the Sheriff suggests that San Francisco either rents beds in another county during construction, or renovate 850 Bryant – which has been ordered closed because it is dangerous and seismically unsafe.
- The Likelihood of More Jail Expansion. The Sheriff admits that this renovation could position the city for further capacity expansion in the future, what she calls “Phase 2” of the project.