Safe and Sound: Strategies to Save a Billion in Prison Costs and Build New Safety Solution
California leaders must continue to right-size the state’s incarceration rate. With reduced prison spending, the state would have increased capacity to invest in new safety solutions that more effectively support people vulnerable to crime and prevent crime from happening in the first place.
Latino Voices: The Impact of Crime and Criminal Justice Policies on Latinos
Latino Voices: The Impact of Crime and Criminal Justice Policies on Latinos reveals that most public safety policies don’t align with many Latino needs and values – and highlights growing calls for change.
Who are crime victims in California? How does crime impact them and their thinking? What are their unmet needs – and experience with victim services? We explore these questions and more in a report that includes the first survey data from California crime victims. Read the report.
Pretrial Progress – and Opportunities – in California
A survey of California counties reveals the extent (and growth) of pretrial services in the state as local officials work to better manage their jail populations, along with a legal brief explaining how such services work within California law.
Helping Immigrant Clients With Proposition 47 and Other Post-Conviction Legal Options
When an immigrant commits a crime, they are held accountable just like other Californians, but criminal convictions — even for low-level, nonviolent crimes — can have far more long-term consequences for immigrants than for citizens
Too often, crime survivors, especially repeat victims of crime, lack access to basic supports to address trauma and get help with recovery. There is a new opportunity to increase funding for programs that serve the people and communities most harmed by violence and crime and least helped.
In California, there are more than 4,000 legal restrictions on people with felony convictions, restrictions that prevent employment, housing, and more. Proposition 47 gives hundreds of thousands of Californians a chance at stability and dignity.
Understanding County Budgeting After Proposition 47
Our latest toolkit, created in partnership with the California Budget and Policy Center, is designed to help local advocates understand local budgeting processes and take advantage of this opportunity to improve local investment priorities.
Second Chances and Systems Change, How Proposition 47 is Changing California
Today, California stands poised to take the experiences and lessons of Proposition 47 implementation to the next level and go further to replace over-incarceration with a balanced approach to public safety that prioritizes prevention, rehabilitation and community health.