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Featured Fact Sheet · February 2021

Arrests in California

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95,300 Current population in California prisons.
African Americans make up less than 6% of California’s population but more than 16% of arrests.
California’s property crime rate is the lowest since record-keeping began in 1960.
1 in 8 Asian Americans experienced hate incidents.
California’s prison population fell by 27,500 prisoners during the pandemic, or 7,500 more than any other state.
Gun deaths drove California’s largest-ever rise in homicides.
10x The rate of imprisonment for African American men compared to white men.