Criminal Justice and Judiciary

What crimes did prisoners commit?

Most Inmates Sent to Prison for Property and Drug Crimes
  • Almost two-thirds of court admissions to state prison are for property and drug offenses, including drug possession (16 percent), drug sales (15 percent), burglary (9 percent), and auto theft (6 percent).
  • About one-quarter of admissions to prison from the courts are for violent crimes. Of these, the most common offenses are assault (12 percent) and robbery (5 percent).
  • The “other crimes” category include weapons possession (6 percent) and driving under the influence (3 percent).
  • For more information, see a report on this topic by California Department of corrections and Rehabilitation.