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California’s Major Cities See Increases in Homicides and Car Thefts

By Magnus Lofstrom, Brandon Martin

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 Future: Criminal Justice

By Magnus Lofstrom, Brandon Martin

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated California’s recent efforts to reduce incarceration. Along with widespread protest after the killing of George Floyd, the pandemic has intensified discussions about policing reforms.

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What Lessons Can Be Learned from Project Roomkey?

By Shannon McConville

Project Roomkey has provided emergency housing to more than 22,000 people experiencing homelessness amid the pandemic. Examining its impact, including the wide variation across counties, can provide lessons for how California tackles homelessness over the long term.

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What Can California Prisons Do When Wildfires Close In?

By Heather Harris, Alexandria Gumbs, Joseph Hayes

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.

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Pretrial Reform in California

By Heather Harris, Magnus Lofstrom

New PPIC research examines a proposed criminal justice reform that would end money bail and replace it with a new process of determining pretrial release.

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