Goodbye to Karen Shain

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 5:15pm
Mars Bar
798 Brannan St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
United States

Dear friends,

My last day of work for the City and County of San Francisco will be Thursday, March 29, 2018. I am proud of the work that we have done together and know I will miss all of you.

I came to my job at the Reentry Council during a really exciting time. We were rolling out the Justice Reinvestment Initiative. People still cite the Burns Institute report on racial disproportionality in San Francisco’s criminal justice system as a groundbreaking report that highlighted all of the areas that needed improvement. The community meetings that developed from the Burns report and the summary we created will always be a highlight of my career.  In just three years, there have been many positive changes in San Francisco—including some shortened probation terms, bail reform, and ending many fines and fees. There’s a lot to be proud of. And of course there is more to be done.  I can’t wait to read about further developments in the news.

I am not going far. I will be working at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights ( LCCR was founded in 1968 in response to the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy. It has shown a deep commitment to equity and positive change for the past 50 years.  I am so excited to be working there where I will be supporting the continued development of a premier Bay Area civil rights organization.

I am leaving my position in good hands. If you have anything you would like to discuss about reentry policy, the Reentry Council, racial disproportionality in criminal justice, and the myriad other issues I have touched over the past years, please contact Lauren Bell ( or Geoffrea Morris ( They will know what to do.

I will still be based in San Francisco. If you’d like to keep in contact, you can always reach me at my personal email:  Let’s have lunch!

Take care,



p.s. If you are around on Thursday, I will be at Mars Bar , 798 Brannan St. @ 7th St. in San Francisco on Thursday, starting at 5:15pm.