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California’s Changing Prison Population

After decreasing dramatically, California’s prison population has stabilized. California’s prison population peaked at nearly 163,000 in 2006; public safety realignment in 2011 and subsequent reforms…

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California’s Changing Parole Population

Realignment shrank the parole population … The number of parolees under active supervision—that is, those whose whereabouts are known and are not facing revocation for…

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California’s Future

Major change at the federal level and increasing pressure from demographic and economic forces are pushing California into uncharted territory. Wide-ranging critical issues—our environment, our…

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California’s Future: Corrections

California has reversed a decades-long trend of explosive growth in the state prison population that led to severe over­crowding. The population has dropped dramatically since…

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Realignment and Recidivism in California

California has experienced significant changes in its criminal justice landscape since the 2011 implementation of public safety realignment—which shifted the management of lower-level offenders from…

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California’s County Jails

California has a large number of diverse—and aging—county jail facilities. California’s counties operate several types of jails, including court holding facilities, temporary holding facilities, and…

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Crime Trends in California

California’s violent crime rate rose in 2016—but it remains historically low. California’s violent crime rate increased by 3.7% in 2016 to 444 per 100,000 residents.…

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California Probation in the Era of Reform

Recent reforms significantly altered the role of probation in California. In 2011, the state enacted public safety realignment, which shifted the management of lower-level felons…

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