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California’s Criminal Justice Expansion and Prison Overcrowding

About this Visualization

Today, our corrections system is critically stressed. It is facing federally issued mandate to lower its prison population, but how did we get to this point? This visualization outlines just a few of the many reasons our prison population has grown to such astronomical levels.

To use this visualization, use the tabs along the top in light gray to move through the charts. As you’ll find, despite varying levels of arrests, convictions (and conviction rates) have grown and remained high. This pattern, in conjunction with harsher penalties, have led to a higher population in our state’s prisons.

These factors have increasingly led to overcrowded prisons, along with a number of other factors mentioned in CACS’ Unsustainable California.

CACS is not responsible for the accuracy of data received from outside sources. Please email us at [email protected] if you believe you have found an error in the visualization.

Works Cited [+ Expand]

Source: State of California Department of Justice – Office of the Attorney General. Crime Databases: Link
CDCR Offender Reports. Link

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