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Fact Sheet: California's Youth and Young Adult Arrest Rates Continue a Historic Decline

CJCJ's new fact sheet shows that, in 2015, California saw another year of decreased youth and young adult arrests, indicating positive arrest trends will continue as young people reach adulthood. While the causes of these declines are unknown, falling youth arrests rates coupled with decreased youth incarceration suggest that high rates of incarceration are not required to protect public safety. 

Trends in the arrest rates of Californians under age 25, 1978-2015

Sources: California Department of Justice. Note: Population for youth ages 10-11 are used to calculate rates for the under age 12 category.

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For more information about this topic or to schedule an interview with the authors, or individuals with experience on this matter, please contact CJCJ Communications at (415) 621-5661 x 121 or cjcjmedia@cjcj.org.

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