This Data Hit shows that spending per state prisoner has outpaced spending per K-12 student in California and that ongoing overcrowding in prisons has resulted in higher costs per prisoner.
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.
Last year, we blogged about efforts in the Legislature to transform California’s outdated, show-me-the-money bail system. The current pretrial system emphasizes wealth over risk by allowing defendants with access to sufficient cash and property to bail out of jail, regardless of the threat they may pose to victims or to the public at large. Meanwhile, […]
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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.