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Campaign money and what it shows: District 7

The latest campaign finance reports—which show a lot about how state and local races are shaping up—are now on file, and they indicate some important, if unsurprising, patterns. We will...

Some defining issues in the fall supes race

The San Francisco Democratic Party will vote on endorsements for the Board of Supes Wednesday/22, and while the party nod doesn’t always mean victory, it’s a powerful statement –...

SF Superior Court ends Zero Bail Policy, threatening public health

The San Francisco Superior Court has chosen not to continue the Zero Bail Policy that has reduced county jail populations across the state. That, a broad coalition of legal and...

The plutonium of Artificial Intelligence could be coming to a city near you

Of all the tools of mass surveillance deployed by law enforcement, private industry and the federal government, Facial Recognition Technology poses by far the greatest threat to civil liberties,...

Which side of the ‘house divided’ are you on?

This morning I made the dire mistake of reading twitter comments on a San Francisco Chronicle report of protesters at SF Mayor London Breed's house. The tenor was "These...

Judge excoriates ICE, orders inmates released

After a dramatic hearing in which Federal Judge Vincent Chhabria sharply criticized ICE, the judge has issued an order requiring the federal agency to move rapidly to release inmates...

Lawsuit seeks to reduce ICE detention during pandemic

People in ICE detention are not facing criminal charges. Deportation is a civil matter – and yet, the law allows the government to lock people up while a judge...

Campaign seeks to close jail at Hall of Justice

On Wednesday, the NoNewSFJail Coalition and its member organizations asked San Franciscans via social media and on their website to participate in a “Digital Day of Action” by calling,...

In COVID crisis, judges decide to keep more people in jail

At a time when local authorities are working hard to reduce the number of inmates in county jails to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the organization that runs the...

Immigrants sue for release from Yuba County and Mesa Verde jails

Thirteen immigrants detained at Mesa Verde Detention Center and Yuba County Jail filed a lawsuit against Immigration and Customs Enforcement Tuesday calling for their immediate release. The plaintiffs —...