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Analysis: Is Prop 47 to Blame For Increase in Crime in California?

After historic lows in crime, crime has ticked back up in the past year. There is a lot of finger-pointing, but the fact of the matter is that we won’t know for a few years if this is the beginning of a new trend or simply a temporary blip in a continued downward trend.

In California, the blame is being placed on Proposition 47 and, to a lesser extent, AB 109. Many of the people pointing the finger are those who opposed Prop. 47 in the first place and have a vested interest in seeing it fail.

Is Proposition 47 to blame for the increases in reported urban crimes? That is the question, Mike Males, Senior Research Fellow at the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, puts to a test.”

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