Public defender against moving San Francisco inmates to Alameda County jails

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A commission designed to regulate the San Francisco jail population presented an idea to move inmates to Alameda County jails.

If the move happened, County Jail No.4 that is attached to the San Francisco Hall of Justice would be closed. 

KRON4’s Ella Sogomonian met San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, who wrote an open letter to Mayor London Breed against that possibility. 

“We’re not going to be able to communicate with our clients,” Adachi said. “The last time this was done it was a disaster. We’re all for reducing jail population but the answer isn’t to ship them to another county.”

The decision to move the inmates stems from concerns over poor conditions of the antiquated Jail No. 4. 

Adachi warns moving them to Alameda County would be expensive and waste resources trying to connect hundreds of attorneys with their clients. 

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