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New Fact Sheet: Crime in L.A. County’s Major Cities Decline Amid Statewide Justice Reform

SAN FRANCISCO – May 15, 2019 – A new fact sheet from the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice finds that, through a period of large-scale criminal justice reforms including Proposition 47 and Public Safety Realignment, the crime rate in Los Angeles County's major cities have largely declined. The fact sheet compares recently-released FBI crime statistics of the 15 largest cities in Los Angeles County for the first six months of 2018 to early-year crime data for the prior eight years.

Semiannual crime rates per 100,000 population in Los Angeles County's 14 largest cities (excluding City of Los Angeles), 2010-2018

The fact sheet finds:

  • The total crime rate declined by 10.9 percent from early 2010 to early 2018 among Los Angeles County's 14 largest cities excluding the City of Los Angeles, which is shown separately due to its under-reporting of crime.

  • With millions of dollars from the Proposition 47 Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Fund, local programs in Los Angeles County have been implemented to support justice-involved individuals through reentry, drug intervention, supportive housing, and diversion.

  • Amid statewide reforms, the wide variance in cities’ crime trends suggests that local practices play a significant role in justice reform implementation. Though urban crime trends in Los Angeles County vary considerably, 12 of its 15 major cities showed Part I crime rate declines from early 2017 to early 2018.

Read the full fact sheet >>

For more information about this topic or to schedule an interview, please contact CJCJ Communications at (415) 621-5661 x. 103 or cjcjmedia@cjcj.org.


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Keywords: Los Angeles County, Mike Males, Prop 47, Renee Menart

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