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PPIC: The Impact of Proposition 47 on Crime and Recidivism

June 14, 2018

The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) recently released the report, The Impact of Proposition 47 on Crime and Recidivism. Passed by voters in 2014, Proposition 47 brought broad and significant changes to California’s criminal justice system. Undertaken in the wake of public safety realignment in 2011, Proposition 47 reduced the penalties for certain lower-level drug and property offenses and represented a further step in prioritizing prison and jail space for higher-level offenders. 

The PPIC report draws on statewide crime and arrest data provided by the California Department of Justice, as well as criminal justice data collected through the BSCC–PPIC Multi-County Study, a collaborative effort among the California Board of State and Community Corrections, PPIC, and a group of 12 California counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, Humboldt, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Francisco, Shasta, and Stanislaus).

To determine whether Proposition 47 affected crime rates, the report compares crime rates in California to those of states that historically have had very similar crime trends, two-year recidivism rates for individuals released under Proposition 47 and jail bookings in the 12 counties. To read the full report, please click here.

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