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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Gov. Gavin Newsom Signs Bill Clarifying When Sentence Enhancements Can Be AppliedS.B. 81 Aligned With Recommendations From Committee on Revision of the Penal Code to Improve Sentencing Fairness FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 8, 2021 SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law a bill clarifying how and when judges... Read More
New Federal Crime Data Underscores Urgency of Increased Investments in Community-Based Crime PreventionFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sept. 27, 2021 CONTACT: Will Matthews, Californians for Safety and Justice, (909) 261-1398; [email protected] OAKLAND, Calif. – New data released today by the F.B.I. shows a national uptick in violent crime in 2020 versus 2019, largely... Read More
Californians Remain Strongly in Favor of Criminal Justice Reform, According to New Survey of Likely VotersWide Majorities Continue to Reject Failed Approaches of Past; Believe Prevention, Not Incarceration, is Key to Addressing Rising Violence FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 6, 2021 CONTACT: Will Matthews, (909) 261-1398; [email protected] OAKLAND, Calif. – An overwhelming number of likely... 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.