Criminal Justice

City Contractor Urban Alchemy Denies it Provides Security Services, Despite Evidence to the Contrary

CEO Lena Miller made her first public comments on her nonprofit allegedly performing unlicensed security work.

Join Us Thursday for a Live-Streamed Conversation With DA Chesa Boudin

Join The Standard’s editor-in-chief Jonathan Weber for an in-depth discussion with San Francisco’s top lawyer this Thursday at 2 p.m. PT.

Supervisors Back Ronen’s Plan to Curtail Police DNA Practices That Led to Arrest of Rape Victim

The proposal is meant to ensure San Francisco police never use rape kit DNA to arrest another sexual assault victim in an unrelated crime.

District Attorney Chesa Boudin Recall

San Franciscans will vote on the recall of District Attorney Chesa Boudin on June 7, 2022. Discover the latest news and coverage about the recall election from The San Francisco Standard below.

Revolution From the Inside Out: Young Activists Work to Heal Themselves and Overhaul the Justice System

Youth from the Young Women’s Freedom Center–many of whom were themselves incarcerated–advocate for mental health services as the city transforms its juvenile justice system.

Anti-Fentanyl Group Aims to Stymie Mayor Breed’s Push for International Tourists 

The group, called Mothers Against Drug Deaths, says the city should address open-air fentanyl dealing before drawing tourists back downtown.

Reform-Minded Attorney Likely to Succeed John Hamasaki on SF Police Commission

Supervisors on Monday called on Kevin Michael Benedicto to strike a balance between holding officers accountable and supporting them.

Chesa Boudin Recall: Nancy Tung Looks to Take Another Shot at Running for DA

Leaders of the local NAACP chapter have objected to the recall of DA Chesa Boudin, but the list of potential candidates to replace him is growing.

Explainer: DA Boudin is Sending More Defendants to Diversion. Here’s What That Means

The district attorney resolved over 1,000 cases in 2021 through diversion programs, which range from collaborative and neighborhood courts to mental health diversion.

Gloves Off: A Newsroom Conversation on the Battle Between DA Chesa Boudin and Police Chief Bill Scott

Senior reporters Josh Koehn and Michael Barba discuss the public fight between the city’s top law enforcement officers, and what it means for justice and policing.