A pesar de los aumentos sustanciales en los gastos de justicia penal durante las últimas tres décadas, la mayoría de los sobrevivientes de crimen no reciben apoyo para recuperarse de los daños. El gasto estatal en servicios a las víctimas representa aproximadamente el 1 por ciento de lo que el estado gasta en el sistema penitenciario. En otras palabras, California gasta casi 80 veces más en prisiones que en servicios para víctimas de crimen.
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California Crime Survivors Release 10-Point “Victims’ Agenda” Calling for Leaders to Prioritize Urgent Needs of Diverse Victims of CrimeState’s Leading Survivor Organizations Call on Lawmakers to Invest in Stabilizing California’s Victim Compensation and Violence Intervention and Prevention Programs OAKLAND, Calif. – A network of 10,000 California crime victims, largely made up of women and people of color,... Read More
Victims of Violent Crime in Los Angeles County Favor Investments in Crime Prevention Over Incarceration, New Survey FindsCounty’s Criminal Justice System Fails to Support Survivors FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 4, 2021 CONTACT: Will Matthews, Californians for Safety and Justice; (909) 261-1398; [email protected] LOS ANGELES — New survey reveals that a huge majority of victims of violent crime in Los Angeles County feel the... Read More
Senator María Elena Durazo Introduces Groundbreaking Legislation to Automatically and Permanently Seal Old Conviction Records in CaliforniaNew Report Provides Clear Picture of Economic Harm of Pushing People Living with an Old Conviction Record Out of Workforce; California Loses Approximately $20 Billion Annually FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 3, 2021 CONTACT: Will Matthews, Californians for Safety and Justice,... Read More
The Truth About Crime and Incarceration
Despite substantial increases in criminal justice expenditures over the past three decades, the majority of crime survivors do not receive support to help them recover from harm. State spending on victim services represents about 1 percent of what the state spends on the prison system. In other words, California spends nearly 80 times more on prisons than on services for crime victims.
The estimates in Getting Back to Work: Revamping the Economy by Removing Past Records show that at a minimum, California loses $20 billion from the state economy as a result of policies that disenfranchise potential workers with past conviction records. But this is just the tip of the iceberg — these statistics leave out many of the ways old records limit individuals’ employment, and California’s economic potential.
California is at a crossroads. In the midst of an unprecedented public health crisis, looming massive deficits, and new calls for lawmakers to design a more racially equitable justice system. Prison spending is expected to hit an all-time high of $13 billion this year. Now more than ever, policymakers must take bold steps to reverse the decades-old trend of over- incarceration.