By Lucy Diavolo
The city of San Francisco could close its Juvenile Hall, a youth detention facility, by the end of 2021. According to local CBS affiliate KPIX, the city’s board of supervisors voted 10-1 on June 4 to make the move, which would represent a radical shift in how the city handles criminal justice for young people.
Put together by supervisors Shamann Walton, Hillary Ronen, and Matt Haney, the ordinance comes as the 132-bed facility has often been up to 75% empty with $13 million in operating expenses, according to what Ronen said at a meeting in April. KPIX reported it also comes as youth crimes across the city have decreased.