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.
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.
Legislature Aims to Transform California’s Outdated, Show-Me-the-Money Bail System
This analysis examines the inequities present in California’s pretrial justice system and the two bills in the California Legislature that seek to fix the broken system.
California State and County Governments Spend More Than $20 Billion Annually on Incarceration and Responding to Crime
This Fact Sheet examines combined state and county spending on incarceration and responding to crime. Spending in these areas remains high, despite important criminal justice reforms adopted by voters in recent years.