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Los Angeles County Crime Rates Show Wide Local Variation During Justice Reform Era, 2010-2016

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SAN FRANCISCO – December 5, 2017 – A new fact sheet by CJCJ’s Senior Research Fellow Mike Males investigates crime trends in Los Angeles County during the “justice reform era.” This period, which spans 2010 to 2016, was marked by major changes to California’s justice system, including Public Safety Realignment, Proposition 47, and Proposition 57. 

Critics of these reforms claim rises in crime result from statewide initiatives, but crime trends in Los Angeles County, as well as California as a whole, show a different reality. Crime rates on the county and state level are comprised of divergent local trends. This indicates crime patterns in Los Angeles County, as well as the rest of the state, result from local policies and practices rather than statewide reform.

According to CJCJ's fact sheet:

This report’s findings, along with a recent CJCJ report highlighting property crime variation statewide, indicate that crime patterns remain highly localized. Given the localized nature of crime rates, jurisdictions in Los Angeles County that showed rate reductions through the reform era could serve as county or statewide models for successful local approaches to crime reduction amid justice reform. 

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