“The lethality of fentanyl presents new and unprecedented risks to our community, and we must do everything in our power to hold dealers accountable to help save lives,” Jenkins said. “We have to send a strong message in the community and in the courtroom that we will not stand by and allow dealers to kill innocent people and those suffering from addiction.”
San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins on Monday announced the appointment of a member to the Innocence Commission as well as shoring up procedural matters that she says will make the panel stronger.
All of us understand that at the core of this work, it’s not political. We have victims who need justice. We need to be making sure that we equip offenders to rehabilitate and enter back into society. People are focused on the work. I think a lot of the politicization has left.
The change was made as part of a broad restructuring of the office that includes the creation of new units aimed at ameliorating San Franciscans’ rising concerns about crime, particularly those targeting the elderly.
“These inexcusable crimes victimize hard-working employees trying to earn a living and cheated taxpayers out of millions in public resources,” said Jenkins in a statement. “Holding Cullinane accountable for these crimes is critical to ensuring that workers are protected, and the system is not exploited with inflated and unfair costs to insurers, consumers, businesses and taxpayers.”
San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins must face the city's voters just four months after being appointed to replace the recalled Chesa Boudin, and a new poll shared by her campaign shows she is running 20 percentage points ahead of her nearest challenger.
“What we are doing is SFPD has begun citing individuals that are engaged in public drug use,” Jenkins said. “Both injecting and smoking, pipes, fentanyl, methamphetamines. When a person reaches five citations for that public drug use that is when we file a complaint that we forward to our community justice centers, so that we can connect that person with resources for treatment.”
Faced with a scalding debate over how to handle open-air drug markets in downtown San Francisco and an overdose crisis that has claimed nearly 1,700 lives since the beginning of 2020, District Attorney Brooke Jenkins on Thursday announced a policy that will tighten penalties for users, in hope of diverting them into treatment.
Jenkins said she has “no desire to fill up jails,” but said she does intend to seek incarceration more often than Boudin did — mostly for people repeatedly accused of serious crimes. Asked whether she considers herself tough on crime, she said, “I think I’m tough when I need to be.”
“Cash bail unfairly penalizes those with less financial means and disproportionately affects defendants of color,” Jenkins stated in a press release. “Protecting victims and ensuring public safety are my top priorities. We will not shy away from holding offenders accountable, but we will not perpetuate further injustice and inequities.”
“It is the policy of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office not to seek cash bail in criminal cases, except in certain misdemeanor cases where the law provides a court with no other choice to protect public safety,” the policy states.
“Cash bail unfairly penalizes those with less financial means and disproportionately affects defendants of color,” she said in a prepared statement Thursday. “Protecting victims and ensuring public safety are my top priorities. We will not shy away from holding offenders accountable, but we will not perpetuate further injustice and inequities.”
Last week they met with San Francisco's District Attorney, Brooke Jenkins. "She listened and listened to our stories and really was learning from us," said Gina McDonald, co-founder of Mothers Against Drug Deaths. McDonald spoke with the DA about everything from easier access and treatment to ending the open-air drug market.
Crimes reported against Asians continue to grow in San Francisco, including two recent high-profile cases involving a former commissioner and a 70-year-old woman. The attacks prompted city leaders to hold a town hall Tuesday night in Chinatown, where San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott and District Attorney Brooke Jenkins addressed the crimes.
San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins on Thursday announced the promotions of three veteran prosecutors who will serve on her leadership team, filling some of key positions made vacant last week after she fired 15 employees who worked under former D.A. Chesa Boudin.
Last week, San Francisco Mayor London Breed appointed Brooke Jenkins as the city’s new district attorney, after former DA Chesa Boudin was ousted in a contentious recall election. Jenkins worked for Boudin as a prosecutor, but quit in protest over some of his decisions, and joined the effort to recall Boudin as lead spokesperson.
Brooke Jenkins, a former prosecutor who resigned and joined the recall District Attorney campaign last year, was appointed by Mayor London Breed as the new District Attorney in San Francisco. Jenkins, 40, who is African American and Latina, was born in the Bay Area. She received her law degree from the University of Chicago and bachelor degree from UC Berkeley, where she was a member of the Track and Field Team, competing in the 400-meter hurdles