April 26, 2019
California arrestees shrink to historic low
SAN FRANCISCO – (INT) – The rate of people arrested in California has declined by more than half since its peak in 1989. The arrest rate for California has dropped 58 percent since 1989, reaching a historic low of 3,428 per 100,000 residents in 2016.

That’s only one of the findings in the first statewide examination of long-term trends by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC).

The report finds that the demographics of who is arrested have also changed. But even as racial disparities have narrowed, African Americans today are three times more likely to be arrested than whites.

About three-fourths of the decline is due to sharp drops in misdemeanor arrest rates, especially for traffic and alcohol-related offenses. Felony arrest rates for property and drug offenses also fell substantially.
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