Hundreds of Ex-Cons Headed to San Francisco

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An estimated 700 ex-convicts who would ordinarily be handled by state parole authorities will be transferred to San Francisco for monitoring beginning tomorrow, and some are raising questions about whether the city is ready to deal with the influx of newly released prisoners.

The process, known by the bland term "realignment," is a result of budget cuts at the state level that were finalized in June. Under that deal, California's 58 counties will take over the management of many parolees, supervising them and incarcerating them in local jails should they re-offend.

The counties are only supposed to assume responsibility for past perpetrators of low-level crimes. (Sex offenders and violent criminals aren't among those headed here.) However, the sheer number of former inmates headed to San Francisco, along with the possibility that some of them will re-offend, have prompted concerns.

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, chairman of the Board of Supervisors' Public Safety Committee and a candidate for sheriff, issued a press release last night highlighting the potential strain on city resources. The release noted that the 700 parolees coming to the city have an average seven prior convictions each, raising the possibility that they could commit new crimes and end up as a burden on San Francisco's jails.

"Tomorrow's showtime," Mirkarimi tells SF Weekly. "It's an unprecedented event for criminal justice and public safety in the state of California.... It is going to be a significant test for San Francisco."

Mirkarimi said the incoming "tsunami" of parolees points to the need for the San Francisco Sheriff's Department and Adult Probation Department to more aggressively seek outside funding for programs that curb recidivism, an approach that he said has been pioneered by current Sheriff Michael Hennessey.

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Madness
Madness

They should have made CA a blanket shall issue CCW state before they decided to release everyone back and transfer to local custody.

Masonm247
Masonm247

Many of the parolees being dumped on our counties have PRIOR convictions for violent offenses, no matter how recently those convictions occurred. AB109 only considers the current commitment offense when determining supervision risk level. And yes, this includes child molesters and rapists classified "low risk" with a current non violent/non serious offense. Without funding, sex offenders will no longer be supervised using GPS. And with our local jails full of the prisons parolees, crimes will go without consequence. These are the facts, not scare mongering, and the results are very predictable.

Twoforone
Twoforone

Well one-way they can earn their keep and feel needed, is to have them sweep, wash and clean up San Francisco's filthy sidewalks and streets.   They will experience a feeling of accomplishment and the city will be better off then before their arrival.They can prove to themselves and to the people of San Francisco that they are good and useful citizens of the world.  And, put our civic leaders to shame for allowing beautiful San Francisco to become one of the dirtiest city's in the nation.

randyfleming
randyfleming

Oh , H*ll yeah! First stop , the Buck Tavern on Market St. to schmooze with old friends and supporters , then , who knows?...The sky's the limit per possibilities. I can't wait to see the disaster this is going to develop into. A real test of S.F.'s 'progressive' mettle.

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