Joel Engardio is is vice president of Stop Crime SF and the Court Watch program, a group of more than 800 San Franciscans working together to reduce and prevent crime in our neighborhoods while holding public officials and the criminal justice system accountable. San Francisco has the highest rate of property crime in the nation, according to the FBI. Yet too many repeat offenders are not prosecuted relative to other parts of the Bay Area. We must ensure our police department has the resources it needs to keep pace with our growing city, while understanding the larger issues of economic displacement and inequity that contribute to crime rates. We must support efforts to create jobs and opportunities that will make crime a less appealing option. We must support better mental health and homeless services. We must be compassionate in our approach while working to keep the most dangerous and repeat offenders off our streets.


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