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  • Waiting for Relief: A National Survey of Waiting Periods for Record Clearing Margaret Love and David Schlussel, Collateral Consequences Resources Center, February, 2022“The waiting periods for felony convictions range from as high as 10 or 20 years in North Carolina to as low as 0-2 years in California, with most states falling at the lower end of that range.”
  • New data: The changes in prisons, jails, probation, and parole in the first year of the pandemic Prison Policy Initiative, January, 2022“Most of the drop in prison populations occurred within the federal Bureau of Prisons and just three states: California, Florida, and Texas. And even states that reduced prison populations didn't necessarily reach”
  • Prisoners in 2020 Bureau of Justice Statistics, December, 2021“The prison populations of California, Texas, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons each declined by more than 22,500 from 2019 to 2020, accounting for 33% of the total prison population decrease.”
  • Realignment and Recidivism Revisited: A Closer Look at the Effects of California's Historic Correctional Reform on Recidivism Outcomes Paywall :( Mia Bird, Viet Nguyen, and Ryken Grattet, November, 2021“All groups [of types of offenders] experienced decreases in reconviction, which gives credence to the idea that a significant reprioritization of who should be in prison can positively affect public safety.”
  • The Effect of Prison Industry on Recidivism: An Evaluation of California Prison Industry Authority (CALPIA) James Hess and Susan F. Turner, Center for Evidence-Based Corrections, November, 2021“CALPIA participants were significantly less likely to be arrested at one, two and three years post release [compared to waitlisted people].”
  • Racial Disparities in Law Enforcement Stops Public Policy Institute of California, October, 2021“We analyze data for almost 4 million stops by California's 15 largest law enforcement agencies in 2019, examining the extent to which people of color experience searches, enforcement, intrusiveness, and use of force differently from white people.”
  • Reducing Restrictive Housing Use in Washington State Keramet Reiter, JD, PhD, August, 2021“A greater proportion of people in DOC experienced Intensive Management Unit confinement over time. In 2002, 24% of the prison population had spent at least one day in an IMU. By 2017, over one-third (34%) of the prison population had spent time in an IMU.”
  • Bottleneck: The Place of County Jails in California's COVID-19 Correctional Crisis Hadar Aviram, May, 2021“The closure of prisons created a bottleneck in jails, jamming the flow of residents in and out of county facilities. This resulted in serious overcrowding, which was documented in several lawsuits brought on behalf of jail population.”
  • The People's Plan for Prison Closure Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB), April, 2021“Accomplishing our goal of closing ten prisons in five years will be hard. It will require political courage. But history is watching us...”
  • Do District Attorneys Represent Their Voters? Evidence from California's Era of Criminal Justice Reform Michael W. Sances, January, 2021“While voter preferences vary greatly across issues and geography, DA's almost always take the conservative position.”
  • Medicare and People Leaving Incarceration: A Primer for California Advocates During the Pandemic Justice in Aging, August, 2020“Though access to Medicare benefits is suspended during incarceration, Medicare enrollment rules remain in place. This affects both individuals who turn 65 while in custody and those who were enrolled in Medicare before incarceration.”
  • Voting in California Jails: A community toolkit ACLU of Northern California, August, 2020“There are roughly 82,000 people in California's jails and practically all of those individuals who are adult citizens have the right to vote.”
  • Proposition 47's Impact on Racial Disparity in Criminal Justice Outcome Public Policy Institute of California, June, 2020“The African American-white arrest rate gap narrowed by about 5.9 percent, while the African American-white booking rate gap shrank by about 8.2 percent.”
  • Fee Abolition and the Promise of Debt-Free Justice for Young People and Their Families in California: A Status Report on the Implementation of Senate Bill 190 Berkeley Law Policy Advocacy Clinic, October, 2019“In violation of SB 190, some counties continue to assess prohibited fees against young people ages 18-21 in criminal court for home detention, electronic monitoring, and drug testing.”
  • How many people in your state go to local jails every year? Prison Policy Initiative, September, 2019(The number of people who go to jail each year varies dramatically from state to state. In South Dakota, 2,888 people per 100,000 go to jail each year, while in California 934 per 100,000 go.)
  • The Effect of Sentencing Reform on Crime Rates: Evidence from California's Proposition 47 Patricio Dominguez-Rivera, Magnus Lofstrom, and Steven Raphael, July, 2019“We find little evidence that the changes in correctional populations, arrests, and convictions reclassifications ushered in by California's proposition 47 impacted violent crime rates in the state.”
  • "Nothing Good Happens in There:" Closing and Repurposing Youth Detention Facilities in California Impact Justice, July, 2019“Our experience in this field has demonstrated time and again that simply closing a facility is not enough: The real focus of the work must be in developing and implementing repurposing strategies which truly benefit the community.”
  • Unlocking the Bar: Expanding Access to the Legal Profession for People with Criminal Records in California Stanford Center on the Legal Profession & Stanford Criminal Justice Center, July, 2019“Successive barriers impede access to California's legal profession for qualified candidates with criminal records.”
  • The California Death Penalty is Discriminatory, Unfair, and Officially Suspended. So Why Does Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey Still Seek to Use It? ACLU, June, 2019“All of the 22 people who have received death sentences while Lacey has been in office are people of color.”
  • Recidivism of Felony Offenders in California Public Policy Institute of California, June, 2019“We find that rearrest and reconviction rates have declined for felony offenders released from October 2011 to October 2015.”
  • California Crime Survivors Speak: A Statewide Survey of California Victims' Views on Safety and Justice Californians for Safety and Justice, April, 2019“By a nearly a five to one margin, victims say that prison either makes it more likely someone will commit crimes or has no public safety impact at all. Only a small percentage believe that prisons help rehabilitate people.”
  • Towed into Debt: How Towing Practices in California Punish Poor People Western Center on Law & Poverty, March, 2019“For many Californians, a vehicle tow means the permanent loss of their car and, along with it, the loss of employment, access to education and medical care, and, for some, their only shelter.”
  • Repairing the Road to Redemption in California Californians for Safety and Justice, September, 2018(This report highlights the lifetime consequences of having a conviction in California for individuals, families, and communities and includes recommendations to increase legal remedies and remove unnecessary restrictions.)
  • Can We Downsize Our Prisons and Jails Without Compromising Public Safety? Findings from California's Prop 47 Bradley J. Bartos and Charis E. Kubrin, August, 2018“Our findings reveal that Prop 47 had no effect on homicide, rape, aggravated assault, robbery, and burglary. At the same time, we find that larceny and motor vehicle thefts appear to have increased moderately.”
  • Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Arrests for Drug Possession After California Proposition 47, 2011-2016 Mooney et al., August, 2018“Reducing criminal penalties for drug possession can reduce racial/ethnic disparities in criminal justice exposure and has implications for improving health inequalities linked to social determinants of health.”

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