“In our society, liberty is the norm, and detention prior to trial or without trial is the carefully limited exception.” — United States v. Salerno (1987) Should Californians who are arrested be forced to languish in jail until their case is resolved, simply because they lack the cash needed to be released on bail? In a […]
In recent years, state policymakers and voters have approved a number of policy changes intended to reduce California’s reliance on incarceration as well as to provide community-based alternatives to imprisonment and invest in communities. But even with this progress, the number of incarcerated adults is still persistently high, and California remains under a court order […]
Next week Governor Jerry Brown will release his proposed budget for 2017-18, the state fiscal year that begins this coming July 1. The California Budget & Policy Center will put out our “first look” analysis in the days following the budget’s release, and we’ll provide in-depth analysis and commentary throughout the budget deliberations and beyond. […]
This Fact Sheet examines combined state and county spending on incarceration and responding to crime, highlighting that total expenditures remain high despite important criminal justice reforms in recent years.
This Issue Brief examines Proposition 57’s provisions and its possible impact on the state’s prison population. This brief shows that, by both potentially shortening some prison terms and making it less likely that youth are sentenced through the adult criminal justice system, Prop. 57 would likely reduce incarceration in California.