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.
State Corrections in the Wake of California’s Criminal Justice Reforms: Much Progress, More Work to Do
What is the current state of California’s corrections system? This Budget Center chartbook discusses the impact of recent criminal justice reforms, looks at the key challenges that remain, and explores the need to advance additional reforms moving forward.
State Corrections Spending Supports Health-Related Services, Including Mental Health Care
This Fact Sheet shows that the number of state prisoners receiving mental health treatment has grown in recent years. Reforms are needed so that Californians who require mental health treatment get the care they need instead of ending up in prisons or local jails.
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.