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Most California Jurisdictions Show Declines in Property Crime During Justice Reform Era

Property crimes per 100,000 California population, 1970-2016

CJCJ’s new report shows wide variations in local crime trends, with most jurisdictions reporting declines amid Public Safety Realignment, Prop 47, and Prop 57.


SAN FRANCISCO – October 30, 2017 – A new research report released today from the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice examines local trends in California’s property crime from 2010 through 2016, a period marked by major justice system reform, including Public Safety Realignment, Prop 47, and Prop 57. Despite the relative stability of recent property crime trends, the report finds substantial variation in crime at the local level, which suggests that recent crime patterns may result from local policies rather than state policy reform.

"The divergence between the 213 cities that have shown property crime increases since 2010 versus the 298 cities with property crime decreases was so large – a 31 percentage point difference – that the two categories of cities actually swapped places. This striking result suggests that reform measures such as Proposition 47 are not the reason a minority of cities experienced crime increases."

- Mike Males, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow

The report finds:


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