New programs acknowledge that strengthening the parent-child bond reduces recidivism
The people in our jails will eventually be released and will return to communities that historically have been underserved. We're trying to intensify resources toward exit planning for newly incarcerated parents and guardians. Depending on individuals cases, that could include a regiment of parenting classes, substance abuse and mental health treatment, domestic violence counseling, reunification counseling for parent and child, reading and writing comprehension, high school completion, life skills such as financial literacy, and vocational training.
Many people don't know what the Sheriff's Department does or the difference between us and the SFPD; we've launched a monthly e-newsletter to keep the public informed. To sign up or contact us at: Ross.Mirkarimi@SFgov.org
Ross Mirkarimi is sheriff of San Francisco