Learn about the unique education model of the Five Keys Charter School, which provides full-time education to adult inmates and is independently designed and operated by the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department,. The program includes community college dual-enrollment programs, vocational training and training in restorative justice. The proven model reverses the ‘school to prison pipeline’ and reduces recidivism by implementing alternative discipline methods and structuring content that meets the complex learning needs of incarcerated students.
About Ross Mirkarimi
Ross Mirkarimi has served as San Francisco’s Sheriff since January of 2012. As a result of his effort to reduce recidivism rates, the San Francisco jail population is one of the most under-crowded in the nation per capita. Sheriff Mirkarimi ordered the closure of one of the local county jails for the first time in its 50-year history and pioneered the first integration of the Affordable Care Act into the jail rebooking and discharge measures, earning the “Model for Prisoner Realignment” recognition from the Director of California’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in 2014. Sheriff Mirkarimi also led an unprecedented effort to reform telecommunication price gouging practices against inmates and their families, and recently, launched the first-in-state jail visiting policy that reduces the solo visiting age from 18 to 16 years of age.