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  • Realignment Increases Theft, Not Violent Crimes

    Posted Dec 13th, 2013 By in Prisons With | Comments Off on Realignment Increases Theft, Not Violent Crimes

    California’s prison realignment has had many benefits, but it has also increased auto related thefts. Although violent crimes have not been linked with the new policies, many are still wondering if California lawmakers are pursuing the correct course of action.

    December 9, 2013—Property crime—particularly auto theft—increased in California as a result of public safety realignment, which substantially reduced the state’s prison population. But there is no evidence that this policy shift had an impact on the most serious violent crimes, murder and rape. These are the key findings of a new report released today by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC).

    The report finds that California crime rates increased during the first year of realignment, from 2011 to 2012. The rates vary widely across the state, with California’s 10 largest counties generally seeing greater increases in crime than in the state overall. Property crime—motor vehicle theft, larceny, and burglary—rose 7.6 percent. This increase is higher than the increases in states whose crime trends were similar to those of California before realignment. Nationwide, property crime decreased slightly.

    Auto theft increased 14.8 percent due to realignment, which translates to about 24,000 more auto thefts per year. This reverses a decline in the auto theft rate and brings it back to 2009 levels. In an analysis based on data from the California Department of Justice’s Criminal Justice Statistics Center, the PPIC report finds that auto thefts began to increase noticeably at the time realignment began.

    While violent crime—including murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault—rose 3.4 percent during the same time period, the increases appear to be part of a broader trend also experienced by the comparison states. There is some indication of a modest increase in robberies related to realignment—by about 6 per year per 100,000 residents, say the report’s authors, PPIC research fellow Magnus Lofstrom and Steven Raphael, a professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and PPIC adjunct fellow.

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