New Report: Lowest California Crime Rate in Recorded History

SAN FRANCISCO – September 9, 2020 – A fact sheet released today by the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice finds that California’s crime rate fell by 3 percent in 2019 from the year prior, reaching its lowest level since the state began compiling these statistics 50 years ago. Crime rates have continued to fall steadily over the past decade amid major criminal justice reforms, including some that reduced prison and jail populations and lessened penalties for low-level offenses.

As California and the nation reckon with ongoing and historic harms caused by the justice system, declining crime trends offer an opportunity to consider steps toward inclusive community safety. These data offer an important reminder that crime is falling, not rising, which has persisted through an era of progressive policies and substantial reinvestment in communities.

California crime rates*, 2010-2019

California crime rates drop by 12 percent from 2010 to 2019.

*Total and violent offense rates exclude rape because the definition was broadened in 2014, hindering comparisons
across this period.

The fact sheet finds:

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