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Jail Bookings Down Significantly during COVID-19

By Magnus Lofstrom, Brandon Martin

California’s “zero-bail” emergency measure, along with decreased crime and changes in local law enforcement practices, appear to have substantially reduced the number of people sent to jail during the pandemic.

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How Will COVID-19 Affect Arrests in California?

By Alexandria Gumbs, Joseph Hayes

The coronavirus pandemic is affecting various law enforcement practices, even as arrest rates in the state are at their lowest in decades.



The coronavirus outbreak poses a tremendous challenge to California, the nation, and the global community. PPIC’s analyses examine the impacts of COVID-19 and how policy choices and other actions can help address them.

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Racial Disparities in California Arrests

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

Racial disparities in arrests have narrowed—but they are still prevalent across the state. Disparities tend to be larger in more affluent and less diverse counties.


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

Arrests can have wide-ranging consequences for individuals and the broader community, yet little is known about the factors underlying arrest trends and racial disparities. How have changes in crime rates and recent criminal justice reforms affected arrests in California? Do local demographic, economic, law enforcement, and jail conditions play a role?


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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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.


Recidivism of Felony Offenders in California

By Mia Bird, Justin Goss, Viet Nguyen

California’s recent corrections reforms aimed to reduce persistently high recidivism rates. In the years following public safety realignment in 2011, have rearrest and reconviction rates for felony offenders changed?

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A Closer Look at Women’s Arrest Rates

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

A recent PPIC report found that while arrest rates in California have declined for both men and women since 1980, they have dropped significantly more for men than for women.

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