Yesterday, an important report came out from the Public Policy Institute of CA.
The report highlighted a few points:
1. Prison reforms did not reduce prison spending, despite reducing the prison population by tens of thousands of people.
2. Incarceration rate is at it’s lowest since mid 1990’s
3. Crime rates are at a historical low
4. Realignment has not increased violent crime
What does this report show us? It shows us that incarceration rates, crime rates, and violent crime are at a low, BUT costs are not decreasing.
We know that costs will not decrease until we start closing prisons and stop building new jails in counties throughout the state.