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California’s Major Cities See Increases in Homicides and Car Thefts April 27 2021 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.
California’s Prison Population Drops Sharply, but Overcrowding Still Threatens Prisoner Health March 2 2021 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.
What Can California Prisons Do When Wildfires Close In? November 13 2020 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.
California’s Incarcerated Population Plunges to New Low during COVID-19 August 19 2020 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.
Addressing the Outbreak in San Quentin: Lessons from 1918 July 16 2020 Outbreaks in California prisons during the Spanish flu epidemic could inform how to address the current COVID-19 spread in San Quentin.