tv [untitled] February 28, 2014 7:00pm-7:31pm PST
today, it's meaningful to have your support and have you here today. you know, we decided to do this this year i think it's important to setting the tone when it comes to public safety. there's so much to celebrate about what's going on in san francisco and all the good things we're doing and all of we in the criminal justice system we forget to take a momentum and take stock of all the things we're doing and what we intend to do. i want to thank our chief of probation and our public defender and all of you. i know many of you had to cut short your knots to be here.
i'm sure you're aware of i'm here to make san francisco the safety city in san francisco. i'll continue to work for that. and alongside the prosecutors in my office we're sdrath every strangely to do this. we work tirlsly to make sure that the offenders are kept away from our community. we're implementing a different approach more modern approach to our work that focuses on 3 critical areas, cripple prevention and victims and a violent offenders. many things are clear to me. violence in our streets walnut be 2r0r7b9d that unravels the
community and that's why dangers offenders will feel the full weight of my office. they can't be around the rest our of citizens we prohibition society from this that is any observe part, however, there's more a nuance part of my work and what to do with the vast majority of community those who are not enhollering dangerous but are still committing crimes. we're trying to dish the nuance from the harder cases. i want to talk about to you about this part of our work.
the concept of modern dangers where they feel the full weight of the law and don't receive the full rehabilitation they need in order to lead a crime free life. the immense part of our duties can't be under state. in partnership with the rest of the criminal justice system wire continually looking to ways to make to safer. their making sure that the gang members are off the street so we can sleep at night. to those of you in my office i want to extend any appreciation and gratitude for the long hours you put in to make it safer. please stand for a moment and we'll recognize all of you
(clapping) thank you you're seeing an credible that group of men and women that work for you each and every day. sometimes neglecting their personal life and family and that's to make sure we get the work done. i thank you. you know, central to a more than that justice system is our more than that technology. it's time to incorporate more signs and data in the work we do. i know my partner continuing talks about using the best practice we must do that. the efforts can reduce our population in our prisons. i'm pleased to announce we
pursuing the system that will quickly visit the prosecutors when key criminals are apprehend. the tools are da staff and others are helping my office focus in response to crime. smart usage of data can maximize taxpayers' money and to focus on the issues that promote the most sources kwundz. back in 2009 drug related these are were 63 percent of our work. we were engaged in a two decade war on drugs that hadn't necessarily begun away. today, this is cut in half at the 32 percent and there's an
important point to be made here. we're doing because we're focusing our resources on more violent offenders. the results are felony filings for domestic assaults and robbery are up more importantly convictions go in this area is up, too. in fact the percent of our caseload in robes has almost doubled. this focus is essential to keeping violent crimes down. last year there were fewer crimes we also saw a thirty percent instruction in homicide. we have the trauma avoided and we're satisfactory for it.
however, robberies are up all over the city and there's more to be done from san francisco to london to columbia we're facing an epidemic of cell phone robberies. in hong kong cell phones stolen can bring up to $200 a piece and here in san francisco the robberies were mobile communication athletes but the most interesting thing the industry doesn't have received the memo. you know, whether it's a result of motivation or if this is motivated by profit. this corporations have failed to protect their customers from the
threats and as a result wireless consumers are bearing the brunt of this failure. this is not different from the 1940s when the theft of the stereos from automobiles were rampant an epidemic it wasn't until he persuaded the automobile merchandising that cars will be inoperational once removed. we can do the same thing for smart phones. that's what legislation the senator and i are working on to do. with a successful passage people will learn that stealing smart phones is a useless proposition because that's value less. our efforts are being raped in
congress a bill was passed for the technology on the smart phones. isn't it nice to know all of this started right here we in san francisco are making a difference locally and nationally and globally. the presence of this is real it will dramatically improve our safety. awhile serious offenders like robbery require incarceration there are many ways to redirect this. it is short sighted to think that given a perpetrator time in jail will undercut the officers. this is one of the principal reasons we've seen a 5 hundred percent increase in the people
locked up in this country. with about 60 percent of californians recidivisting it's time to focus on what works. over 90 percent of all offends are come back to our community. i believe we will be wise to make sure that when they come home they're to be much better than when they left. i'm sponsoring an initiative to reduce theft to a misdemeanor the estimated in savings will enable california to put money on programs to help offends
staying staying out of the jail system and we want them as a productive member of the society and it's important to recognize what we've done works. often i've heard that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing thing over again and expecting a different result but for the last thirty years ago we've done just that. traditionally the prosecutors that reaction to crime is reactionary. and to protect the safety is by taking the over and over off the streets. however, in san francisco my office embraces a broad view to enhance public safety. we work hard to prevent crime
it's the best strategy. one less crime one less tragedy one less victim. when it comes to prevention there's nothing more important than keeping kids in school. in san francisco 94 percent of homicide victims under the age of 25 are high school drop outs. and nationally 68 percent of our prison mats are drop outs. it's the likelihood of a juvenile stealing a car to keep them in school and a thirty percent decrease in the fact their comment a homicide
>> tomorrow's drop out could end up in the criminal justice system. that's why in 2013 me office partnered with the mayor's office to get the thirty thousand that was for truancy programs that are for the high schools. we hope to make this a model for the entire school district. it pays for the case managers to provide initiative support for standards who were truant in middle school. he know that enforcement juveniles will end up committing a crime we're laufrp a new program this year that's american people alternated to
prosecution's it's called make it right interest so this program young people their victims and supporters come together in a facilitated dialog to have a person look at what they causes is. they can make amends and they will not have a criminal record. we believe this will insure you are that victims are restored and treated with respect. there's another area i have a great deal of concern and that's our traffic safety. in 2014 there's one candle stick park in particular i'm committed
to expanding. too much san franciscans are dying open our street. i'm passion i cannot because the time a case gets to my desk it's already late someone has lost their life and those tragedies are compel completely valuable. last year 20 people were struck and killed by motorists. and in the first two months of 2014, 8 people have lost their lives. we've lost children, grandparents, people in the prime of their life. you know, whether we're at the wheel at our bisexuals or crossing the streets and bay i
include myself in all 3 populations when we let our guard down people get hurt. san francisco must implement the vision of zero policy to reduce fatalities on our streets. and while we advocate the public through public service announcements and community outreach i will also be working to insure any office can respond appropriately to the case log. to many my office has requested funding to handle those cases. technology is moving way too fast and prosecuting this case is more difficult and having the speciality in this area t is important to us. i'll talk about prevention not
all crimes can be prevented once a crime a prevented what can we do to rehab the offenders. i created the alternative incentive to lead to a better outcomes than jail or prison alone. having someone as modifying like having the experience makes the informed approaches to have a real impact and we need to do more we need more people in this role. awhile division in san francisco takes many forms principal among them is the san francisco courts. this prospect of drug court the
prospects may be grim the majority are homeless and unemployed but by the time they've congratulate from the program one hundred percent of drug core participants have found stable housing and legal source of income and not just those that graduate commit fewer crimes and after interthe court system it's 55 percent lower than that >> similar to drug court behavioral health court 26 less likely to reiterated acid from entering the program. more importantly their commission of vibrant crime drugs is lone 55 percent this is
a real improvement and this is being thought of and intelligent about the way we deal with crime. and it demonstrates the public safety is best achieved by treating the underlying issues that drove those people to offend in the first place. because this approach works by this i'm creating a division in my office for an alternative to incarceration. this will offer see the justice programs and the initiative that are focusing on rurdz incarceration rates improving public safety and restoring victims. the justice hold a great promise for the modern system. the great example is the san
francisco 10 courts. rather than charging people with a crime of low level offend their case will be sent to a panel of a.d. judged carts hear the cases. it's so successfully it's been duplicated by my colleagues in los angeles and we continuing get calls from around the country it empowers the community to look at how the over and over can make amends. san francisco is unclosing it's courts and a saving money. the result is a quirk instructions for the community and victim. in 20136 hundred plus kinds were
harder. those cases resulted in thousands of community serve hours as well as thousands of dollars maid paid in restitution to our families. but the biggest saves is to the taxpayers. $300,000 were saved by having the cases handled by community instead of a corporal that it makes economic sense. i want to ask our community ad judicatory carts to stand (clapping.) the work you guys do is meaningful and making a difference and we couldn't do it without you.
neighborhood courts are you god the concept and you're the ones making it successful so for that i intend. another thing i'd like to talk about it's social to this community process is our team of prosecutors. the team of 5 assistant da's they handle the cases that are priority for the police department and improve public safety. for instance, that past year one of the promises was working along superfluous chiu in the broadway corridor safety plan. it was accentuated e - assigned
to help with the relationships between the businesses and the law enforcement and a the residential community has improved and new businesses are being attracted to the neighborhood. did neighborhood prosecutors also created clean streets. this program for individual that are cited for quality offices like urinating in public they're to work off their certification by cleaning up the same street they your analyzed on. i want to take a moment to thank my partners in the criminal justice system without them none of this would be possible. it requires a community it requires dedicated people in my office but it requires collaboration within the
criminal justice system. i want to thank chief still i know that there doing promotes today and another individual would be here and our partner jeff. we're working together to make sure the justice is a modern justice system. i believe i can speak for all of us we're proud that our city is setting the bar for what is possible and in spite of the the great things to rehab offenders we must never lose site that the criminal behavior has on the community. our current system focuses heavily on the over and over they're wrong doing and needs but the traditional system
spends little time addressing the offenders needs we must do more. we must psyche so restore the victims safety and help them recover if trauma victimization. this balance is parallel justice. it requires the crime justice system to help victims heal by offering maepg full services this is something i embrace. in 2013 they provide 5 thousand victim plus with 3 exhibit no. 7 in 5 different languages. the services was with skill and a therapy to covering bowler
expends. so most of you are familiar with the repeat over and over but what happens when someone is repeatedly victimized. in the boyfriend enclosures to violence is 4 times higher than the city rate. what's worse research show you shows you that crimes leaves people victims to more crimes and today's victims could be tomorrow's offenders if they don't get the procure help to heal. unresolved trauma is turned inward and expressed outside to other. none of this is possible with the community or our public safety, in fact, 90 percent of victims between the angles of 15
and thirty years old in inform who have been admitted to a 1230 have a prior history of criminal activity. i believe it's time to stop the cycle of victimization. last year, we got a grant as is an approach to help victims heal and making community stronger. i want to close by drawing a parallel that i believe highlights the criminal justice system today. think about it for a moment. if a doctor in the 19 todd's traveled through time and found herself in a modern hospital room today, she wouldn't know what to do or where to begin because the field of medicine
has advanced so dramatically in the last thirty years by conflict the justice system has failed to keep pace with the times. long ago we lost our ability to distinguish from the nouns and it's broken our pocket book the fabric of on community and we're not mile-an-hour safer for it. we can and must do better. still this a system where violent offenders are accountable and they have to fix the mess they made. image a system where victims are not left to pick up their pieces
to get them back in course of leading a fulfilling life that's modern justice. image a system that responsibility considers the nodes of each community and takes action to promote the health and action and safety and well-being of those communities. this co- would be a neighborhood like the bayview but just as often take the community as well-defined orders like your lgbt community, our homeless and latino immigrants or our chinese community. addressing their needs and protecting their safety and looking out for they're well being that's what a modern judicious system does. that's y what