Posted on 12/20/2018 5:09 am

LOS ANGELES — Over the last decade, California has led the nation in reducing its prison population. The state has shortened sentences and diverted some offenders to the counties for incarceration and supervision, transforming California’s criminal justice system into what supporters hope will become a humane model around the country.

But amid the changes, crime has increased in recent years, sparking debate about the causes and giving ammunition to those leading a new effort to roll back some of the reforms.

An analysis by the Marshall Project and the Los Angeles Times found that California’s crime spiked in both 2012 and 2015, the years that immediately followed two major statewide measures aimed at decreasing the number of people in prison. Those jumps were mainly driven by increases in property crimes, particularly thefts from motor vehicles.

After decades of mirroring national downward trends in violent crime, California saw a 12% increase from 2014 to 2017, while the violent crime rate in the other 49 states together increased only 3%, the analysis showed. In 2014, California voters approved a ballot measure that reduced sentences for many low-level drug and property crimes.

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Dave Lyhand
1 year ago

I have lived in California for 65 years and it is a pro crime state led by a politician and unionized government employee crime gang . Any one prove me wrong.

Richard Giddens
Richard Giddens
1 year ago

The failed fallen welfare police state from hell should now be forced at federal gunpoint to cede their statehood and to henceforth become merely a federal lawless territory like US Virgin Islands ….send troops.send Marshalls, send agents, Fed Judges send…lots! Like you did to Little Rock in ’57! US Citizens 14th and 4th amendment rights are not being upheld so the offending state may accomodate NON CITIZENS.

Carlo DaBeenurz
Carlo DaBeenurz
1 year ago

Has nothing to do with valedictorians and internet start-up geniuses sneaking across the border.