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SAN FRANCISCO – October 4, 2018 – A new fact sheet from the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice finds that, amid substantial statewide criminal justice reform, Fresno County and the City of Fresno have experienced generally positive crime trends. California’s justice reform era (20102017) includes Public Safety Realignment, Proposition 47, and Proposition 57, which were adopted in response to systemic overcrowding of the state’s prison system. The fact sheet analyzes recently released 2017 crime statistics to crime data for the previous seven years.

The fact sheet finds:

  • Between 2010 – 2017, Fresno County experienced a drop in total crime rates, with a 28 percent reduction in its property crime rate and a 5 percent increase in its violent crime rate.
  • During this period, Fresno County experienced substantial decreases in three major property crime categories: motor vehicle theft declined by 42 percent, burglary by 30 percent, and larceny-theft by 23 percent.
  • Fresno County cities experienced consistent declines in property crime, while violent crime trends varied with a decline in the City of Fresno and an increase in Clovis.
  • The countywide variation in crime trends indicates differences in local practices, particularly violent crime trends, given recent reforms largely targeted non-violent and drug offenses.

Read the full report: Fresno County Shows Favorable Crime Trends in the Justice Reform Era (20102017) »

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