By Seleste Richardson
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – A man and his attorney fought for the accused’s right to remain housed during a hearing here last week at San Francisco’s Hall of Justice Superior Court.
The judge agreed to send the man back to jail.
During the arraignment, Deputy District Attorney Asit Panwala asked Judge Victor Hwang to accept the prosecution’s recommendation of a stay away order from the address where the accused had been previously living.
Once DDA Panwala noted the address of the stay away order, the accused shouted, “That’s my home. I live there. You can’t do that.”
The accused’s attorney was able to calm him down and reach an agreement with the court for the accused to stay in jail so housing could possibly be found through San Francisco’s pretrial diversion project.
Many homeless report precarious encounters and are subjected to harassment tactics used by the police, according to the study, “Compassionate Strategies of Managing Homelessness: Post-Revanchist Geographies in San Francisco.”
As the study noted, in a city where “homeless individuals are persecuted by the police force,” another San Francisco resident could be without a place to call home.