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Magnus Lofstrom
Policy Director and Senior Fellow

Criminal justice, public safety

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Magnus Lofstrom is policy director of criminal justice and a senior fellow at PPIC, and a visiting professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. Focusing on crime rates and recidivism, his recent work examines criminal justice reforms in California. His research also spans issues in immigration, education, and entrepreneurship. His research has been published in numerous academic books and journals, including Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Journal of Human Resources, Demography, Criminology & Public Policy, and Journal of Population Economics. He serves on the editorial board of Industrial Relations and was a member of then–California State Controller John Chiang’s Council of Economic Advisors. Prior to joining PPIC, he was a faculty member at the University of Texas at Dallas and the University of California, Irvine. He received his PhD in economics from the University of California, San Diego.

curriculum vitae

Arrests in California
California’s County Jails
Crime Trends in California
Law Enforcement Staffing in California
California’s Future
California’s Future: Criminal Justice
Reforming Pretrial Justice in California
Proposition 47’s Impact on Racial Disparity in Criminal Justice Outcomes
Felony Arrests in California
Racial Disparities in California Arrests
Key Factors in Arrest Trends and Differences in California’s Counties
Arrests in California’s Counties
New Insights into California Arrests: Trends, Disparities, and County Differences
The Impact of Proposition 47 on Crime and Recidivism
California’s Historic Corrections Reforms
Public Safety Realignment: Impacts So Far
Realignment, Incarceration, and Crime Trends in California
Is Public Safety Realignment Reducing Recidivism in California?
Key Factors in California’s Jail Construction Needs
Public Safety Realignment and Crime Rates in California
Impact of Realignment on County Jail Populations
Capacity Challenges in California’s Jails
Evaluating the Effects of California’s Corrections Realignment on Public Safety
Lessons from the 2007 Legal Arizona Workers Act
Immigrant Legalization: Assessing the Labor Market Effects
Entrepreneurship among California’s Low-Skilled Workers
Homicides Climb for Most California Counties in 2020
Gun Deaths Drive California’s Largest-Ever Rise in Homicides
California’s Major Cities See Increases in Homicides and Car Thefts
Racial Disparities in California Law Enforcement Stops
California’s Major Cities See Some Increases in Crime
Pretrial Reform in California
African Americans Are Notably Overrepresented in Police Stops
Progress under Prop 47 but Racial Disparities Persist in California Arrests
Racial Disparities Are Widespread in California
Low Crime Numbers Leveling off Under Shelter-in-Place
What COVID-19 Budget Cuts Mean for Public Safety Spending
Jail Bookings Down Significantly during COVID-19
COVID-19 and Crime in Major California Cities
A Closer Look at Women’s Arrest Rates
Toward Understanding Racial Disparities in Arrests
Crime Rates Stable Overall, But Some Counties See Big Changes
Proposition 57’s Impact on Prisons
Next Steps for Proposition 57
California’s Arrest Rate Reaches a 50-Year Low
Preliminary Data Show Higher Crime Rates in 2015
Putting the Governor’s Sentencing Proposal in Context
Proposition 47 and Crime
Proposition 47 Brought Decreases to Both Prison and Jail Populations
How California Reduced Its Prison Population
Will Proposition 47 Save Money?
Crime Rates Down, But Not Everywhere
A Closer Look at Early Jail Releases
Realignment: Progress and Challenges
Testimony: Crime Trends in California
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