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Sheriff Mirkarimi’s programs help inmates, reduce recidivism

October 24, 2015

Real success stories need to be told. Here is one.

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OpEd By Rebecca Rosen Lum

I had the chance to do a sit-down with Ross Mirkarimi last year about homeless people who are mentally ill. Everyone I spoke to was struck by the quality of the programs he oversees and has expanded.

As you know, he is running for re-election as sheriff.

I talked to inmates who have struggled for years with mental illnesses – and who say they finally got good care once they were incarcerated in San Bruno.

But I also sat in on some regular high school classes (everybody has to graduate high school if they haven’t already, and many who enter are functionally illiterate). I also visited skill workshops (everybody has to acquire skills).

Here’s a link to a truncated version of that interview.
http://sfpublicpress.org/news/2014-11/q-and-a-sheriff-ross-mirkarimi-on-san-francisco-jail-system

And here’s one about the 5 Keys Charter School, which he has expanded.
http://www.fivekeyscharter.org/newsroom/latest-news/139-sheriff-s-department-awarded-100-000-by-harvard-for-inmate-charter-school

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