In an effort to put the current discussion of crime in California in perspective, we have prepared this report to answer several key questions, including:

  • How much crime is there in California? How has the level of crime changed over time? How does crime vary within California, and among the states?
  • Who are the victims and perpetrators of crime?
  • How does the California criminal justice system-local law enforcement, courts, and correctional agencies-deal with adult and juvenile offenders?
  • What are the characteristics of adult and juveniles under the supervision of local and state correctional agencies?
  • What are the costs of crime and the criminal justice system?
  • What are the key criminal justice issues for policymakers today?