At first glance, this study by the California Policy Lab at UCLA and UC Berkeley on the effectiveness of the San Francisco pretrial release program would show that it was a failure. Nearly half of the defendants released without bail before their trial were arrested for another crime while free – one in six for a violent crime. And half of those released never showed up for their tests.
But data from 2016-2019, long before radical DA Chesa Boudin promised to significantly reduce incarcerations. According to Supervisor Catherine Stefani, the real significance of the study was the discrepancy between the CPL study and figures provided by the nonprofit San Francisco Pretrial Diversion Project, which has guided pretrial release decisions for decades.
SFIST: At this point Stefani seems to want to get through the Chronicle: CPL found half of the suspects granted pretrial release over the 3.5-year period went on to change, and almost half also failed. to appear in court. Also, about 1 in 6 go on to commit a new violent offense, the data suggest. This is a less bright picture shown by the Pretrial Diversion Project’s own data, which can be explained by the many factors the Chronicle goes through – for example, the CPL data has violations committed outside of San Francisco, and outside of The 90- to 120-day purview of the Pretrial Diversion Project while clients are in their programs.
The Pretrial Diversion Project says this other data is often incomplete or difficult to access, and as a result its data is limited to San Francisco violations and over a three to four month period.
“No one can look at this report and say we did well,” Stefani said. “It confirms the experience that people in San Francisco feel when they are worried about crime.” – READ MORE
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