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Proposition 47 and Racial Disparities in California

Virtual Event
July 1, 2020
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


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About the Program

While the COVID-19 pandemic has required changes to law enforcement and correctional policies, widespread protests over the police-involved deaths of African Americans have intensified concern about racial and ethnic disparities in our criminal justice system. In recent years, California has implemented significant reforms that, while not motivated by racial disparities, are narrowing them. PPIC researcher Brandon Martin will outline new findings on Prop 47’s impact, and a panel of experts will discuss a wide range of criminal justice issues in California.

This research and event are supported with funding from Arnold Ventures.


11:00 a.m. Welcome 
Magnus Lofstrom, policy director and senior fellow, PPIC

11:05 a.m. Presentation
Brandon Martin, research associate, PPIC

11:15 a.m. Panel Discussion
Moderator: Magnus Lofstrom
Jay Jordan, executive director, Californians for Safety and Justice
Sydney Kamlager, member, California State Assembly
David Robinson, sheriff, Kings County

11:45 a.m. Audience Q&A

12:00 p.m. Adjourn


Steven Bliss
Media Contact
Kelly Holt
Event Contact


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We accept walk-ins as room capacity permits. If you have questions about a specific event, contact Kelly Holt at

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The James Irvine Foundation Briefing Series

The James Irvine Foundation Briefing Series is intended to inform decisionmakers and facilitate constructive discussion about the major social, economic, and political issues facing California. The series is supported by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation.

Speaker Series on California’s Future

The Speaker Series on California’s Future brings together thought leaders from across the political and geographic spectrum with a common goal—to think critically, constructively, and collaboratively about realistic solutions to California’s many challenges and build a better future for the state. The series features local, state, and national leaders discussing the major issues facing California—from education to climate change to the economy to governance. The series is supported by a variety of sponsors.

Sutton Family Speaker Series

The Sutton Family Speaker Series—made possible with a generous gift from Tom and Marilyn Sutton—features leaders and experts who have bold, innovative ideas that can help inspire much-needed change in California’s higher education system.

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Before the event, questions may be submitted for consideration to Kelly Holt at At this time, questions submitted during the event may not be accepted.

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