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Video: Preparing California for the 2020 Census

By Susan Gluss

Much is at stake for California in the 2020 census—from political power to billions of federal dollars—but getting an accurate count of all Californians poses a major challenge.

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Video: Assessing California’s Redistricting Commission

By Mary Severance

In a radical departure, California empowered an independent commission to create new electoral maps. A new PPIC report assesses the maps' fairness and competitiveness to both major political parties.

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Funding Increase for Community Colleges

By Kevin Cook

Community colleges get the bulk of higher education funds in the governor’s budget, which includes a new formula for dispersing the money.

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Video: The Impact of Realignment on Recidivism

By Linda Strean

Public safety realignment has had a modest effect on recidivism, varying across counties and groups of offenders. These are the findings of a new PPIC report presented in Sacramento.


Realignment and Recidivism in California

By Mia Bird, Ryken Grattet, Viet Nguyen

California has experienced significant changes in its criminal justice landscape since the 2011 implementation of public safety realignment—which shifted the management of lower-level offenders from the state prison and parole system to county jail and probation systems. The prison population has dropped dramatically, and though jail populations rose, overall incarceration levels have declined.

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New Laws Expand Criminal Justice Reforms

By Brandon Martin, Justin Goss

The governor recently signed a number of bills that extend the state’s efforts to reform its adult and juvenile criminal justice system.

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PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government

By Mark Baldassare, Dean Bonner, David Kordus, Lunna Lopes

Key findings from the current survey: Most California adults and likely voters (58% each) say Republicans in Congress should work with Democrats to improve the current federal health care law. Solid majorities also say it is the federal government’s responsibility to ensure health care coverage for all Americans. Majorities across parties and regions of the state support DACA protections, which shield some undocumented immigrants from deportation.

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