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San Francisco jails have reached a crisis point

De an Sun

On this edition of Your Call, we discuss the state of San Francisco's jails. A recent investigation by Mission Local's Joe Eskenazi found that inmates are desperate to get out of San Francisco jails, even if the only option is state prison.

Inmates, attorneys, and jail staffers say conditions have grown “chaotic” due to overcrowding, understaffing, and the presence of inmates with substance abuse and mental health disorders.

What will it take to address this ongoing crisis? How has Mayor London Breed dealt with these issues and where do mayoral candidates running to unseat her stand?


Joe Eskenazi, managing editor for Mission Local


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Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.