What is it about?

The study examines the impact of criminal justice reform, in particular prison downsizing, on crime rates in the state of California. It addresses the question- can we downsize our prisons and jails without compromising public safety?

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Why is it important?

California is at the epicenter of criminal justice reform in the U.S. As more and more states aim to decrease their prison populations, they are questioning whether the various reforms taken in California are successful or not. Our study provides empirical evidence on the question of how prison downsizing impacts state-level crime rates in the year following a major reform.


This is the first systematic analysis of Prop 47's (a major criminal justice reform) impact on crime statewide.

Charis Kubrin
University of California, Irvine

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This page is a summary of: Can We Downsize Our Prisons and Jails Without Compromising Public Safety?, Criminology & Public Policy, August 2018, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/1745-9133.12378.
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