SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – City court officials, police and the San Francisco Department of Public Health are working on a plan to curb the problem of chronically drunk people returning to the streets.
Under the plan, chronic drunks who repeatedly miss their court dates would be held in contempt and sentenced to serve five days for each missed appearance. All told, they could be sentenced to locked treatment for as long as six months.READ MORE: Bay Area Sees Population Explosion Of Feral Cats; Pandemic Hinders Spay/Neuter Efforts
KCBS, CBS 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier:
Contempt citations are handled by a judge, so no trial is required.
Those sentenced would first be sent to San Francisco General Hospital until they are cleared. After that, they would be off to a special wing of the city jail for treatment administered by health department workers.READ MORE: COVID, Homeless Encampments Are Final Straws For School In San Jose's Little Italy Neighborhood
A pilot program for the plan, which has already received the green light from San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, could be up and running in the next month.
But the proposal is not without opposition. Public Defender Jeff Adachi has questioned the use of what he calls “selective enforcement” targeting drunks. Adachi has said he is not sure if the jail can handle such a rehab program.
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