Sheriff Mirkarimi’s programs help inmates, reduce recidivism
Real success stories need to be told. Here is one.
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.
And here’s one about the 5 Keys Charter School, which he has expanded.