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Justice Facilities Improvement Program

The Justice Facilities Improvement Program (JFIP) defines a strategic approach to replace the Hall of Justice, located at 850 Bryant Street. Built in 1958, the site is bounded by 7th Street on the west, Harrison Street/Interstate 80 on the north, and Harriet Street on the east. Since its original construction, there have been two enhancements: a two-story addition above the Coroner’s office and a rooftop gymnasium serving County Jails One and Two.

The Hall of Justice (HOJ) houses the Superior Court, Police Headquarters, the Police Investigative Unit, the Police Forensics Services Division, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, County Jails Three and Four, Adult Probation and the District Attorney's Office. 


Replacement Strategy

It is anticipated that both the jail and the courts will remain at 850 Bryant Street. In 2009, the area of the HOJ occupied by the Superior Court became the sole responsibility of the State of California. It is expected that the Superior Court will remain in the east wing of the HOJ until the State provides funding for a new courts building.

The west wing of the Hall of Justice is intended to be demolished once all occupants are relocated. Each of the HOJ's current occupants will be accommodated in new facilities, several within close proximity to the HOJ.The area that becomes available upon the demolition of the west wing would be available to the State for a new courts building. 

JFIP will provide new venues for the HOJ occupants at different locations to be determined. These locations will be selected for their required proximity to the jail and courts, which will remain at 850 Bryant Street.

 

Budget

The preliminary budget for the JFIP is $1.6 billion; the implementation of the Justice Facilities Improvement Program will rely on funding provided over many years by a combination of general obligation bonds and the City’s general fund.

ESER 2010, passed by voters in June 2010 by a 75% margin, is providing for the delivery of a new Public Safety Building (PSB) to be located in the Mission Bay. ESER 2010 also provides for seismic improvements and repair to fire-fighting facilities and infrastructure throughout the City. The PSB will house the Police headquarters, the Southern District Police Station, and a Fire Station in the Mission Bay. Currently both the Police Command Center and Southern District Police Station are housed in the HOJ, which is not expected to return to normal operations after a major earthquake. The project will be complete in the last quarter of 2014.

In June 2014, San Francisco voters approved the $400 million Earthquake Safety and Emergency Response Bond (ESER 2014) to continue the vital work of the ESER program and pay for repairs and improvements that will allow San Francisco to quickly respond to a major earthquake or disaster. As a part of the City’s Ten-Year Capital Plan (2014-2023), ESER 2014 works to ensure the effective delivery of police and fire services after a major earthquake.

More information on the ESER program at sfearthquakesafety.org.


Schedule

Occupants of the Hall of Justice (HOJ) that are included in ESER 2014, such as the San Francisco Police Department Traffic Company and Forensic Services Divisions and Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, are scheduled to be relocated by 2018. Provided that bond funding is approved in accordance with the City’s Ten-Year Capital Plan (2014-2023), the remaining City agencies that occupy HOJ will be relocated by no later than 2025. The west wing of the Hall of Justice could be subsequently demolished, making the site available for the State to construct a replacement courts building.

Public Safety
STATUS In Progress
Completion Date January 2025
Budget
$1.6 billion
Project Manager
Charles A. Higueras, FAIA