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New OpenJustice data analyzes trends in adult arrest rates

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Posted at 4:49 PM, Nov 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-04 19:49:47-04

Felony arrests dropped by 29% in the state of California in 2015, according to a new round of OpenJustice data announced by Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Friday.

The new data explores adult arrests and racial disparities in California over time and includes a detailed breakdown of arrests since 2005.

In 2015, misdemeanor arrests went up by 11%. Felony arrest rates for theft steadily dropped almost 50% over the past 10 years.

“This data release highlights pervasive inequalities in our criminal justice system,” Attorney General Harris said in a press release. “Data is key to being smart on crime and crafting public policy that reflects the reality of policing in our communities and improves public safety.

The full OpenJustice report can be found online and includes all of the data and additional analysis.