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A Conversation with Chief Justice of California Patricia Guerrero

Join us for a conversation with Patricia Guerrero—chief justice of California—about her priorities as leader of the state’s judicial branch. PPIC president and CEO Tani Cantil-Sakauye, who served as California’s chief justice until 2022, will moderate this wide-ranging discussion.


Are Younger Generations Committing Less Crime?

Historically, crime rates peak for those in their late teens and early 20s, but recent trends raise questions about whether this pattern is shifting. PPIC researcher Magnus Lofstrom will outline findings from a new report examining whether more recent generations in California are less criminally active than previous generations—or if drops in crime have occurred across all age groups. He will also discuss the broader implications of these trends for the criminal justice system.


A Conversation with California Attorney General Rob Bonta

California’s attorney general Rob Bonta will join PPIC president and CEO Tani Cantil-Sakauye to discuss his priorities as the state’s top lawyer and his strategies for safeguarding communities while furthering the rights of Californians.


Pandemic Policymaking and Changed Outcomes in Criminal Courts

California’s criminal courts quickly adopted policies to address COVID-19; but uneven adoption around the state affected who might face those policies. On April 18, PPIC researcher Heather Harris will present findings from a report examining how policies such as remote hearings contributed to differences in criminal convictions and sentencing, and discuss how these outcomes may influence whether such hearings will continue.


Women in California’s Legislature

This year’s legislative class includes the largest number of women in state history. As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we invite you to join PPIC’s president and CEO Tani Cantil-Sakauye and a panel of women leaders from California’s legislature as they share their experiences and discuss the dynamics of diversity in setting better policy for the state.


Assessing the Impact of COVID-19 on Arrests in California

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, California’s criminal justice system was affected by public health measures such as the statewide shelter-in-place order, along with state and local criminal justice directives intended to minimize exposure to the virus. PPIC researchers will discuss key takeaways from a new report that tracks arrest trends and explores correlations with pandemic-era policies and events.


Racial Disparities in Traffic Stops

Traffic stops are a key factor in racial disparities in law enforcement encounters. PPIC researcher Magnus Lofstrom will present new findings on how disparities in traffic stops differ across agency type, type of traffic violation, and time of day. Then a panel of state and local experts will discuss the challenges of traffic enforcement and alternative approaches that could potentially improve officer and civilian safety while reducing racial inequities.


Policing in California

Recent debates over police reform have centered on how law enforcement officers engage with the communities they serve—and ways to increase transparency and accountability. PPIC researchers Magnus Lofstrom and Deepak Premkumar will discuss key takeaways from new research that examines law enforcement stops, use of force and misconduct, and the stark racial disparities in police interactions.


A Conversation with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy

California and the nation remain in the grip of a worldwide pandemic while also dealing with tremendous economic upheaval and social unrest. What are the most critical actions that leaders can take at this time? How can the state and federal government work together more effectively to address these generational challenges?

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