Power Outage at Hall of Justice Affects Courts, Jails

A power outage at San Francisco's Hall of Justice Thursday afternoon shut down a number of courtrooms and prompted authorities to restrict jail inmates' activities.

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    The electricity was out at the San Francisco Hall of Justice Thursday.

    A power outage at San Francisco's Hall of Justice Thursday afternoon shut down a number of courtrooms and prompted authorities to restrict jail inmates' activities.

    The building, located at 850 Bryant St., houses police headquarters, the district attorney's office, courtrooms and county jails.

    Around 3:45 p.m., all the power had been restored. The outage was determined to have been caused by an electrical problem with the building, according to PG&E.

    Sheriff's Sgt. David Murphy said the outage began around 1:20 p.m. He said proceedings were suspended at all courtrooms except for five.

    County jails 3 and 4 on the sixth and seventh floors were affected by the outage, sheriff's spokeswoman Susan Fahey said. She said inmates' movements were restricted while the power is out.

    Fahey said an emergency generator provided some power to the Hall.

    Police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said the outage did not affect police patrols. He said the police dispatch center is at another facility on Turk Street and that 911 calls were still being answered.

    "We just want to make sure that the public knows ... that we will respond if someone calls the police, and everything will be fine," he said.

    PG&E spokesman Joe Molica said the Hall of Justice appeared to be the only building affected by the outage.