September 19, 2019
California arrest trends take a new direction
SAN FRANCISCO – (INT) - Arrests in California have declined in the last few decades—driven by lower crime rates and criminal justice reforms. While rural and poorer counties tend to have higher overall arrest rates, affluent counties often see larger racial disparities in arrests.

The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) found:

• Significant decreases in arrests statewide reflect improvements in public safety.

• Arrest rates dropped substantially in the wake of public safety realignment and Proposition 47.

• Local crime rates largely account for differences in arrests across counties.

• Counties with the highest arrest rates tend to have poorer economic conditions.

• Counties with the highest levels of racial disparity tend to be relatively affluent. In these counties, the African American arrest rate is about six times higher than the white arrest rate, compared to almost double among counties with relatively low racial disparity.

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