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photo - San Quentin State Prison The Past, Present, and Future of COVID-19 in California Prisons COVID-19 has had a major impact on California’s prison system. And although California’s prison population remains historically low, continued overcrowding at most facilities—along with other factors—could prolong the pandemic’s impact in prisons. Read More
Photo - Police Cars at Night California’s Major Cities See Increases in Homicides and Car Thefts New crime data show that four major cities—Los Angeles, Oakland, San Diego, and San Francisco—have seen an increase in homicides and car thefts, though violent and property crimes overall remain below pre-pandemic levels. Read More
photo - Prison California’s Prison Population Drops Sharply, but Overcrowding Still Threatens Prisoner Health The state’s prison population declined by more than 20% in 2020 as authorities took steps to address the COVID-19 pandemic. But some California prisons are still well above capacity, posing potential health risks for prisoners and prison workers. Read More
photo - Forest Fire What Can California Prisons Do When Wildfires Close In? Two in three prisons across the state are near areas of high fire risk. Especially during the pandemic, safely evacuating prisoners and prison workers in the event of a wildfire can pose challenges. Read More
photo - prison California’s Incarcerated Population Plunges to New Low during COVID-19 The number of people in California’s prisons and jails has declined substantially since February. Still, most state prisons remain overcrowded, and many counties have seen recent increases in jail populations. Read More
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