California’s criminal and juvenile justice system consists of the state correctional system, county jails and juvenile halls, probation departments, local law enforcement, prosecutors, and public defenders. The Budget Center provides timely research and analysis intended to help reform the state’s criminal and juvenile system, with the aim of promoting safer communities, better outcomes for individuals who come into contact with the system, and smarter choices about the allocation of public dollars.
Since 2007-08, Spending Per State Prisoner Has Increased More Than Twice as Fast as Spending Per K-12 Student
Despite the Recent Decline in Incarceration, Corrections Spending in the Governor’s Proposed 2018-19 Budget Remains High
This Fact Sheet highlights the recent substantial drop in state-level incarceration and shows that even with this decline, spending on state corrections remains high.
How Much Do California’s Counties Spend on Incarceration and Responding to Crime?
This interactive map tool and set of Fact Sheets provide data for county spending on both incarceration and responding to crime for selected fiscal years from 1990-91 to 2015-16.