San Francisco Leases Hotel Rooms to Criminals

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On May 7, 2020, Mayor London Breed revealed a plan to lease out hotel rooms for a number of inmates who would been homeless had they been released from jail and left on their own.

About 51 people who are either waiting to go on trial or who have been given the go ahead to be let out of jail will receive a room under a joint partnership involving the Adult Probation Department, the San Francisco Pretrial Diversion Project, and other entities.

San Francisco has recently used vacant hotel rooms to house vulnerable segments of the city’s population during the Wuhan virus pandemic and allegedly curtail the spread of the Wuhan virus.

“We’ve moved over 1,100 people into hotels and we’re continuing to move more vulnerable and homeless residents into these rooms every day,” Breed remarked in a statement. “This is yet another innovative effort to respond to these unprecedented circumstances.”

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