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Public Policy Institute of California Report on Racial Disparities in California Arrests

October 24, 2019

Last week, the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) released a report titled “Just the Facts: Racial Disparities in California Arrests.” The report makes the following findings:

  • Racial disparities in arrests have decreased, but they still persist statewide.
  • Disparities in arrests between African Americans and whites are widespread.
  • Racial disparities are larger in more affluent, less diverse counties.
  • Felony arrests have fallen, especially for African Americans and Latinos.
  • The overall share of felony arrests have decreased across racial/ethnic groups.
  • Misdemeanors have grown as a share of all arrests.

The report explains that Proposition 47 has affected the overall share of felony arrests, finding that property felonies arrests and felony drug arrests have fallen among all racial/ethnic groups. However, PPIC also finds that Proposition 47 has likely contributed to the growth in misdemeanor drug arrests.

The full report can be found at the following link: https://www.ppic.org/wp-content/uploads/racial-disparities-in-california-arrests.pdf.

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