Criminal Justice

Data from S.F. Sheriff Shows Widespread Flaws in Electronic Monitoring

Sup. Rafael Mandelman and Mayor London Breed are calling for reform of the city’s ankle monitoring program after data revealed extensive violations.

San Francisco Offers $100,000 Cash Rewards to Bust Criminal Fencing Rackets

The program will pay out rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of fencing ring operators who resell stolen goods.

S.F. Launches New Initiative to Battle Retail Crime

SFPD is making it easier to report retail theft, which is believed to be widely under-reported. As a result, crime rates will likely go up in the short term.

S.F. Offers Small Businesses Relief Grants for Vandalism, Broken Windows

The program provides neighborhood businesses with grants of up to $2,000.

Chesa Boudin Recall Campaigns Sprint to Signature-Gathering Deadlines

If the second signature-gathering effort succeeds, San Francisco voters could decide whether to recall District Attorney Chesa Boudin as soon as February 2022.

Interactive Map: San Francisco’s Uneven Burglary Spikes by Neighborhood

Burglaries during COVID varied dramatically by location, suggesting that different neighborhoods are having vastly different experiences with crime.

City Commissioner, Activist Jon Jacobo Resigns Following Rape Allegation

Jon Jacobo, a well-known San Francisco political figure with leadership roles at several local organizations, announced his resignation from a city commission in the wake of allegations by a local activist that he assaulted and raped her.

Repeat Shoplifters are Driving S.F. Retail Crime, According to Police

Meanwhile, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill authorizing state law enforcement to assist in dismantling organized retail crime in hotspots across California.

S.F. Supervisor Calls for More Transparency in Criminal Diversion

A report found that 55% of criminal defendants in San Francisco were rearrested before their case was resolved, drawing scrutiny of a nonprofit that runs diversion programs.

‘Somebody Is Going to Get Hurt’: Target Security Guard Speaks Out About S.F. Retail Crime

A combination of theft, rigid policies and slow police response times ha made working conditions dangerous for some retail workers, according to a former security guard at a San Francisco Target store.