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The initiative includes a Safety and Justice Plan, which is described by the foundation in a press release as, “a competition through which the Foundation will fund up to 20 jurisdictions to design and implement plans for creating fairer, more effective local justice systems using innovative, collaborative, and evidence-based solutions.” The initiative aims to bring focus to the issue of overpopulation of jails at the local level, in addition to the increasing focus being given to state and federal institutions.
In February 2015, a class action complaint was filed against the City of Ferguson asserting that the city’s jails had become a “modern debtors’ prison scheme” that had “devastated the City’s poor, trapping them for years in a cycle of increased fees, debts, extortion, and cruel jailings.”1 Moreover, the Department of Justice’s report on the Ferguson Police Department presents a scathing indictment of a system apparently more concerned with revenue collection than justice.
It is a human right2 1 2 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laws_against_Holocaust_denial http://www.worldjewishcongress.org/en/news/german-court-jails-87-year-holocaust-denier-9-1-2016
• Immediately move at least 1,000 people off the streets and into permanent supportive housing • Reform our homeless shelter system to increase capacity and improve rates of re-housing • Move as many people as possible off the streets by quickly expanding our navigation center system • Take advantage of our Small Site Acquisition program to move more people from the street and into housing • Bring all families and children in off the streets • Establish a Mental Health Justice Center to stop recycling homeless people in and out of jail • Create Universal Mental Health Care for all • Create15,000 units of affordable, workforce, and permanent supportive housing to move people off our streets and under a permanent roof • Protect at-risk tenants to keep people in their home • Create new tools to hold city government accountable to meeting district-specific criteria and benchmarks • Fix our broken system of supportive services • Do a top-to-bottom audit of homeless dollars to stop and prevent waste • Pass a comprehensive regional housing and homelessness bond measure • Make use of the $100 million dollars I secured as State Senator to create 400 units of permanent supportive housing • Leverage statewide connections to fund homeless resources 3 M A R K LE N O F O R M AY O R ENDING STREET HOMELESSNESS IN SAN FRANCISCO BY 2020 Over 7,000 homeless people live on San Francisco’s streets, in our shelters and jails, and in tents and public parks.