Discharge planning

The San Francisco Sheriff’s Office Discharge Planning team helps people who are released from jail return to the community safely.

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What is Discharge planning?

People are often released from jail on short notice without time to make plans for a safe return to the community. Discharge Planning helps people who are released from jail between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m., Monday through Friday. Support includes:

  • Free one-way taxi vouchers to the returning resident’s destination, within 25 miles of the Intake & Release Center. Vouchers are valid between 8:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. 
  • Emergency housing for people transitioning to treatment
  • Hygiene kits to meet basic health needs
  • New socks and underwear
  • Mobile charging stations
  • Case management
  • Referrals to community programs and services

Discharge Planning also helps people build long-term plans while they are still in jail. Staff meet with people in jail whose release is likely to happen soon. We focus on those who struggle with substance use disorders, mental health issues, and homelessness. Jail data show that this population is at greater risk of rearrest after release from jail. Discharge Planning works to connect them with housing and support services so they don’t come back to jail. 

San Francisco Sheriff’s Office
Discharge Planning Desk

425 7th Street - Lobby 
San Francisco, CA 94103
Monday through Friday, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Phone (415) 553-9093

Email sfsd.dischargeplanning@sfgov.org

Where is Discharge Planning located?

The Discharge Planning office is located on the first floor of the San Francisco Sheriff’s Office Intake and Release Center at 425 - 7th Street, San Francisco. This is the same floor where people exit jail after they’ve been released.

When is Discharge Planning open?

The Discharge Planning Desk is open Monday through Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  

Get Help

Getting Out & Staying Out: San Francisco Resources for People Leaving Jails and Prisons