Client and Staff Stories

Coming Full Circle: Once A Client, Today A
Member Of The SF Pretrial Family

~ by Karen Escalante and Alexis Carr, February 2021

“Working at SF Pretrial keeps me humble and in a grateful mood. Seeing clients and identifying with their struggle; substance abuse, living on the edge of being homeless, dealing with mental health issues such as depression and knowing that I had the opportunity back then, knowing about the resources that pretrial offers rather than taking advantage of the system. I now see it and recognize it” 

– Alexis Carr

The Policy & Evaluation team recently had a chance to sit down with SF Pretrial Program Assistant Alexis Carr to discuss his background and how his past experiences shaped the motivations, passion, and goals that he holds today.

Alexis Carr – SF Pretrial Program Assistant

San Francisco Pretrial was a blessing…

~ by Richard Hillard, July 2020

Richard Hillard (left) and his case manager, Tony Beliso (right)

To me, San Francisco Pretrial was a blessing. It came to me as a silver lining when my life hit its rock bottom. I had no shoes under my feet, no warm clothes to cover my body, and no roof over my head. With the pain of losing my wife still fresh and aching, I had come to accept that I was hopeless and helpless, and that was not going to change. Then, I got arrested. And when I was released to Pretrial after the arrest, I finally realized after more than a decade, that there were still people who cared for people like me, that my life was still loved and worth living.