SAN FRANCISCO—The potential opening of a new jail has been met with protest in San Francisco.
Critical Resistance, the group spearheading the opposition of the new jail, has argued that the development is an unnecessary waste of taxpayer dollars.
Citing San Francisco’s low incarceration rate, protestors are arguing that the money that will be poured into opening the new jail could be better appropriated in funding mental health diversion programs and bail reform.
“We don’t need to build another jail wasting $290 million on something that will be unnecessary,” said Critical Resistance spokesman Mohamed Shehk . “And as we have seen, putting up a new jail just means its going to be filled, imprisoning more people.”
Supporters of the new facility, which would replace the city’s current jail in the Hall of Justice, have pointed out that the antiquated facility suffers from space constraints and other issues that make its continued operation non-sustainable.
There have been no reports indicating how the protests have altered the city’s current development plans.