The Recorder has collaborated with students enrolled in Reimagining Criminal Justice, a seminar at Golden Gate University School of Law, to publish this series of student writings. This next generation of lawyers explore a broad range of topics touching on criminal and racial justice, and provide their perspectives and voices on myriad proposals for building a better, more just, system.

On Jan. 23, 2021, San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced on Twitter the launch of San Francisco’s second Street Crisis Response Team (SCRT) in the Castro and Mission neighborhoods. The first team started patrolling the Tenderloin in November 2020 as a way to de-escalate non-violent crimes and address mental health emergencies related to addiction. The SCRT is San Francisco’s latest program to fight and treat mental health issues on the city’s streets. The team facilitates access to care for people experiencing behavior crises. By the end of March, San Francisco hopes to have six active teams responding to non-emergency calls throughout the city.