DA GASCÓN ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS OF THE 2019 NEIGHBORHOOD JUSTICE FUND AWARDS

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June 28, 2019

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DA GASCÓN ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS OF THE 2019 NEIGHBORHOOD JUSTICE FUND AWARDS

 

SAN FRANCISCO – Earlier this week, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced the 11 recipients of the annual Neighborhood Justice Fund Awards. The awardees were given grants of up to $3,000 for projects that enhance the safety and livability of the San Francisco community. This year’s Neighborhood Justice Fund prioritized projects dedicated to citizenship and immigration rights education, and neighborhood clean-up events.

 

“We recognize the community plays an important role in making our streets safer,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “As a prosecutor’s office, we have a responsibility to achieve justice in our courtrooms and empower community-driven solutions in our streets. We’re safer when we all work together.”

 

In 2012, District Attorney Gascón launched Neighborhood Courts to keep low-level offenders from entering the criminal justice system through restorative justice methods. Since its inception, Neighborhood Courts has heard over 4,000 cases for crimes of shoplifting, vandalism, disorderly conduct, and other such misdemeanor offenses. In 2015, the United States Department of Justice/Bureau of Justice Assistance, Association of Prosecuting Attorneys and Center for Court Innovation identified Neighborhood Courts as a 2015 Innovation in Criminal Justice. The model has been replicated in Los Angeles County and Yolo County, and is in the process of being replicated in Contra Costa County. It has also garnered interest from other jurisdictions across the country.

 

As a part of the resolution in some Neighborhood Courts’ cases, participants are directed to pay “community restitution.” These funds are subsequently held by the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office (SFDA) and disbursed through the Neighborhood Justice Fund grant program on an annual basis. The SFDA awards grants to community-based organizations for projects that will enhance safety, livability, and neighborhood cohesion within San Francisco. As of 2019, 78 grants have been awarded to community-based organizations through the Neighborhood Justice Fund.

 

 

The 2019 Neighborhood Justice Fund Recipients:

 

Renaissance Parents of Success

SF-Shanghai Association

Parents for Public Schools of San Francisco

Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco

Cameron House

Chinese Newcomers Service Center

Community Grows

Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach

Community Works West

Gum Moon Women’s Residents, Asian American Women’s Resource Center

AsianAmericanVoters.org

 

A special thanks to Cameron House for hosting our 2019 Neighborhood Justice Fund Awards.

 

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