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Key Factors in Arrest Trends and Differences in California’s Counties

By Magnus Lofstrom, Brandon Martin, Justin Goss, Joseph Hayes

Arrests in California have declined in the last few decades—driven by lower crime rates and criminal justice reforms. While rural, poorer counties tend to have higher overall arrest rates, affluent counties often see larger racial disparities in arrests.

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Millennial Voters and California Politics

By Mark Baldassare, Dean Bonner, Alyssa Dykman, Rachel Lawler

Millennials are more liberal than older Californians—and more likely to favor immigration, health care reform, and state efforts to address climate change. But only three in ten are likely to vote.

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California’s Prison Population

By Joseph Hayes, Justin Goss, Heather Harris, Alexandria Gumbs

Many of California’s inmates live in overcrowded conditions, despite successful efforts to stabilize the prison population systemwide. This fact sheet provides a snapshot of the state’s prisons, highlighting the most current information on racial disparities, health costs, and other key issues.


Achievement in California’s Public Schools: What Do Test Scores Tell Us?

By Paul Warren, Julien Lafortune

California’s student test scores show significant progress in English—but they also show stalled gains in math and persistent income achievement gaps. State actions to improve math instruction and support struggling districts could help boost student performance.


Career Pathways and Economic Mobility at California’s Community Colleges

By Sarah Bohn, Jacob Jackson, Shannon McConville

Career education credentials from California’s community colleges can help students advance in the labor market. But some programs offer larger economic returns than others, and it can take a long time for students to see increased earnings. Improving student outcomes—while also responding to future workforce needs—is a challenging but critical task facing the state.


The Impact of Expanding Public Preschool on Child Poverty in California

By Caroline Danielson, Tess Thorman

High-quality preschool has many benefits, such as promoting early skill development in young children and supporting work among parents. More investments in public preschool could also help reduce child poverty by subsidizing an important family expense.

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PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government

By Mark Baldassare, Dean Bonner, Rachel Lawler, Alyssa Dykman

Key findings from the current survey: Likely voters who are Democrats or lean Democratic are divided on whether it is more important for the party to nominate the candidate whose positions most closely align with their views or the candidate who seems most likely to defeat President Trump. Californians are more likely than the nation as a whole to say that impeachment proceedings should begin. Three-quarters of Californians see participation in the 2020 Census as very important—but most have concerns about confidentiality. More than half of adults say their housing costs cause a financial strain, and most favor proposed new rules intended to create more affordable housing.


Preparing for California’s Next Recession

By Patrick Murphy, Jennifer Paluch, Radhika Mehlotra

California is enjoying one of the longest growth periods in history and appears well-prepared to endure a mild economic downturn. But a more severe crisis would exhaust current reserves, decrease school funding, and open a significant budget gap for several years. What steps can the state be taking to prepare for and minimize these outcomes?

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