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Toward Understanding Racial Disparities in Arrests

By Magnus Lofstrom, Brandon Martin

The number of arrests made in California per year has dropped dramatically since its peak in 1990, but African Americans continue to be significantly overrepresented among those arrested. New work by PPIC tracks these changes.

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Videos: Higher Education Priorities

By Mary Severance

Most Californians believe that higher education should be a priority for Governor-elect Newsom, and affordability is a major concern. Two events last week highlighted these and other findings from PPIC's latest survey on Californians' views on higher education.

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Higher Education Priorities for California’s Next Governor: Insights from a New Public Opinion Survey

Higher education plays an essential role in California’s economic mobility and growth. But do Californians feel the state’s higher education system is meeting their needs? Join College Futures Foundation president Monica Lozano and PPIC president Mark Baldassare for a wide-ranging discussion on the results of a new PPIC survey on higher education—and its implications for how California’s next governor can expand access, improve outcomes, and manage finances for the state’s colleges and universities to benefit all of California’s students.

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Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government

In the last weeks of the fall campaign, Democrat Gavin Newsom remains ahead of Republican John Cox in the race for governor. In the US Senate race, Dianne Feinstein continues to lead fellow Democrat Kevin de León. At a briefing in Sacramento, PPIC researcher Alyssa Dykman outlined these and other key findings.

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The Federal Farm Bill Could Affect CalFresh

By Caroline Danielson

The federal Farm Bill is due for reauthorization and under debate in Congress—possibly changing CalFresh work and eligibility requirements.

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The Impact of Proposition 47 on Crime and Recidivism

By Mia Bird, Magnus Lofstrom, Brandon Martin, Steven Raphael

Passed by voters in November 2014, Proposition 47 brought broad and significant changes to California’s criminal justice system. Undertaken in the wake of public safety realignment in 2011, Proposition 47 reduced the penalties for certain lower-level drug and property offenses and represented a further step in prioritizing prison and jail space for higher-level offenders.

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