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.
California Prepares to Say Goodbye to Out-of-State Prisons
The 2018-19 state budget anticipates the end of California’s use of out-of-state prisons. This blog post provides background on our state’s use of these facilities and discusses how further criminal justice reforms are needed to more rapidly reduce incarceration.
Why California Must Continue Advancing Criminal Justice Reforms
A new video from Brave New Films draws in part on Budget Center analysis to show that state spending on incarceration and responding to crime remains high. This blog post highlights recent criminal justice reforms and explains why further reforms are needed.
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.