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Human Trafficking in California

By Heather Harris

California accounts for a declining share of the human trafficking incidents that occur nationally. But detecting human trafficking is challenging, and understanding the scope of trafficking is critical to combatting this kind of exploitation.

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Concerns about Crime Are Up, Views of Police Are Down

By Deja Thomas

The share of Californians saying that violence and street crime is a problem in their community has increased from a year ago, and the share saying that the police are doing an excellent or good job controlling crime has declined. Views on crime and policing vary notably across demographic groups, including by race and ethnicity.

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Police Use of Force and Racial Disparities during Traffic Stops

By Deepak Premkumar, Magnus Lofstrom, Andrew Skelton

PPIC research has found notable racial disparities in traffic stops—in both the likelihood of being stopped and the likelihood of a search, enforcement, intrusiveness, and/or use of force during that stop.

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2022 Year in Review

By Mark Baldassare

During the past year, California worked to rebound from the pandemic while confronting drought, inflation, an economic divide, and political polarization. President and CEO Mark Baldassare reflects on the role PPIC has played in helping identify equity-centered approaches to the challenges and opportunities facing our state.

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How a New Way of Counting Prisoners Has Changed Redistricting

By Jennifer Paluch, Eric McGhee, Heather Harris

For the purposes of drawing state legislative and congressional districts, California now counts state prisoners as residents of their last known address, rather than as residents of prisons. Though the effects are small, communities with large numbers of residents who have been sent to prison now do not lose representation to the few communities in which the prisons are located.

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Video: Racial Disparities in Traffic Stops

By Vicki Hsieh

PPIC policy director Magnus Lofstrom presents new research on racial inequities in traffic stops by police, and an expert panel discusses potential ways to reduce disparities without jeopardizing public safety.

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Solid Majorities of Californians View Crime as a Problem

By Dean Bonner

Nearly two in three Californians, including solid majorities across most regions of the state, say that violence and street crime in their community are a problem. Three in ten statewide say violence and street crime are a big problem, an increase from prior to the pandemic.

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