San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins announced a new policy Wednesday to hold drug dealers more accountable and revoked over 30 plea offers made by former San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin.
The DA’s office announced that it will begin applying a weight limit threshold of five grams of drugs to prevent drug dealers from being referred to a lower city court system, according to a news release from Jenkins’s office. The new policy also makes additional penalties available against people dealing drugs within 1,000 feet of a school and allows San Francisco prosecutors to ask the court for pre-trial detention in “extreme” fentanyl dealing cases, according to the release.
“The previous administration’s policy had no weight limit threshold, was not adhering to CJC [Community Justice Center] guidelines, and allowed drug dealers, arrested with as much as 500 grams of fentanyl and who had multiple open fentanyl cases, to be referred to CJC,” the DA’s office stated in the release.
The drug overdose crisis has reached an alarming level and our criminal justice system must be overhauled to address it.
I promised San Francisco residents that I would do everything in my power to eliminate open-air drug markets and restore safety. These changes will accomplish exactly that.
— Brooke Jenkins Xie An Yi (@BrookeJenkinsSF) August 3, 2022
Jenkins’s office announced it has revoked over 30 open plea offers made by Soros-funded Boudin, who was ousted in a recall campaign in June as a rebuke of his progressive policies. (RELATED: Embattled Left-Wing Prosecutor Chesa Boudin Recalled In San Francisco Election)
His administration did not convict a single person for dealing fentanyl in 2021 and only obtained three drug-dealing convictions during the same time, according to The San Francisco Standard.
Boudin’s office offered one defendant a single misdemeanor to settle six open cases for dealing drugs, including one where the person was arrested with over 100 grams of fentanyl, the news release stated.
Jenkins stated that the same defendant was referred to CJC five times, despite him not meeting the CJC’s mandated requirements or violating terms of stay away orders from his arrest location.
“Since 2020, nearly 1,500 people have died of drug overdose in part because dealers have been allowed to operate with impunity,” Jenkins said in the release. The lethality and danger of fentanyl is a new challenge. We must change our course immediately to save lives and punish those responsible for the destruction they have done in our communities. Going forward defendants holding lethal doses of fentanyl will face felony charges.”
The San Francisco District Attorney’s office will seek a felony charge that includes jail time as part of new plea offers for the over 30 revoke ones, the release stated.