San Francisco chief calls justice system too lenient

By Jaxon Van Derbeken, Chronicle Staff Writer
The San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco's "lenient criminal justice system" sends away too few criminals to state prison and is to blame for the bulk of the city's crime problems, creating revolving-door justice in which repeat offenders are returned to the streets to commit new offenses, a top police official says.

Deputy Chief Morris Tabak, speaking Wednesday night before the Police Commission about the state of crime in the city in 2006, said thugs and drug dealers traveling into the city and the lack of family structure and poverty are also important factors in neighborhoods where crime is most prevalent.

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