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California’s tough-on-crime movement runs into coronavirus, Floyd activism

Politico, July 29, 2020

July 29, 2020

California’s tough-on-crime movement runs into coronavirus, Floyd activism

The nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California in 2018 said Proposition 47 did not lead to an increase in violent crime, but likely affected property crime, with larceny thefts increasing by about 9 percent compared to other states.  But University of California, Irvine criminologist Charis Kubrin found the measure had no impact on violent crime and said there was insufficient evidence that it drove up motor vehicle theft or larceny, saying that while some counties or cities have seen increases in crime, “across the state it has done more good than harm.”