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Mass Shootings in California

By Heather Harris

Although California’s mass shooting homicide rate is lower than the national average, a mass shooting occurs here every eight days on average.

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New Law Raises Standards for Police Officers

By Shannon McConville, Deepak Premkumar

A new state law raises the minimum age for law enforcement—from 18 to 21—and requires California’s community college system to create a new policing degree program. How might these changes affect the law enforcement workforce?


Police Use of Force and Misconduct in California

By Deepak Premkumar, Alexandria Gumbs, Shannon McConville, Renee Hsia

Nearly 200 Californians die each year in police encounters. Amid growing concern over civilian deaths and racial injustice, we examine what the existing data can—and cannot—tell us about police use of force and misconduct. We also offer recommendations for strengthening the state’s ongoing efforts to improve police transparency and accountability.

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Policy Brief: Racial Disparities in Law Enforcement Stops

By Magnus Lofstrom, Joseph Hayes, Brandon Martin, Deepak Premkumar

In an effort to directly confront concerns over racial inequities in criminal justice, California passed the Racial and Identity Profiling Act (RIPA) in 2015. RIPA data on law enforcement stops reveal that Black Californians have notably different experiences during stops than white Californians.

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California Jails and COVID-19

By Heather Harris, Joseph Hayes

The jail population statewide remains below its pre-pandemic level. Still, more than 15,000 people are housed in overcrowded jail conditions associated with virus proliferation.

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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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Video: Proposition 47 and Racial Disparities in California

By Mary Severance

PPIC’s Brandon Martin presents new research on how Prop 47 has narrowed racial inequities in criminal justice outcomes—though much work remains. An expert panel discusses how to build on this and other reforms.

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