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Proposition 47’s Impact on Racial Disparity in Criminal Justice Outcomes

By Magnus Lofstrom, Brandon Martin, Steven Raphael

Proposition 47, which reclassified a number of drug and property offenses from felonies to misdemeanors, has led to a marked decrease in racial disparities in arrests and bookings in California. But rates remain significantly higher for African Americans than for other groups.

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Prison Admissions Resume as COVID-19 Spreads

By Heather Harris

California has resumed prison admissions after an eight-week moratorium, a change that – if it leads to increased crowding -- could put the prison population at heightened risk of contracting COVID-19.

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Racial Disparities Are Widespread in California

By Sarah Bohn, Magnus Lofstrom, Lynette Ubois

Addressing disparities across a wide range of areas – criminal justice, health, income and wealth, education – is essential to improving the safety and overall well-being of California’s African American communities.

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What COVID-19 Budget Cuts Mean for Public Safety Spending

By Brandon Martin, Magnus Lofstrom

The sharp decline in state revenues means county sheriff and probation departments will have less funding to provide supervision and programming for certain individuals who are in jail or on probation.

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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.

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