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PPIC: Proposition 47’s Impact on Racial Disparity in Criminal Justice Outcomes

“…Widespread protests focused on the deaths of African Americans in police custody have intensified concern about racial and ethnic disparities in our criminal justice system. In recent years, California has implemented a number of significant reforms that… narrowed [racial disparities] in a number of ways.”

“Prop 47… led to notable decreases in racial/ethnic disparities in arrests and bookings.”

“We found that the sizable reduction in the overall incarceration rate produced by these efforts has led to a narrowing of racial disparities”

“In addition to meaningfully reducing racial disparities in key criminal justice outcomes, the reclassification of drug and property offenses led to significant decreases in arrests and bookings”


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