Kelly Davis

Kelly Davis is a freelance journalist focusing on criminal justice and social issues. Follow her on Twitter @kellylynndavis or send an email to kellydaviswrites@gmail.com

When Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced he’d be heading up the statewide campaign to oppose Proposition 57, a criminal sentencing reform measure, it took some folks by surprise. Faulconer secured two big contributions from San Diego supporters but has been less successful in winning support from the communities most impacted by over-incarceration.

It’s been nearly two years since a state audit found that less than half of all rape kits at three California law enforcement agencies were actually analyzed. Since then, two of the agencies have made it a practice to test all sexual assault kits. The third agency examined in the audit, the San Diego Police Department, is doubling down on its decision to leave many kits untested.

Residential hotels, also referred to as single-room occupancy hotels, or SROs, are often the housing of last resort for low-wage workers and folks on fixed incomes. As of October 2015, there were 3,872 single-room occupancy units within the city, down significantly from the 8,950 units counted in a 2003 survey.

Police records show arrests and citations for encroaching on a public space have soared over the last five years. One of the attorneys who sued the city in 2004 over excessive homelessness enforcement believes police are using encroachment to circumvent the settlement in that case, which allows homeless folks to sleep in certain public spaces from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.

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