In recent years, communities across the country have begun to reckon with the inequities and inefficiencies in their criminal justice systems. In San Francisco, racial disparities are the backdrop for reform efforts and a debate over the potential construction of a new county jail. Statewide, California is in the midst of an aggressive bail reform initiative, with a heavy reliance on technology, that has split traditional coalitions on the issue.
These challenges, though similar in some ways to those in communities across the country, play out against the backdrop of northern California's booming tech sector that has lifted many, but resulted in a strained housing market, a rising homeless population and ongoing displacement of vulnerable community members.
This installment of The Atlantic’s Race + Justice series explored what justice looks like in San Francisco today--and the path toward ensuring equal justice for all.