Four updated reports published: Crime in CA, Homicide in CA, Juvenile Justice in CA, and URSUS: Use of Force Incident Reporting
Reports highlight statewide crime data that promotes transparency, including statistics on crime, homicide, juvenile matters and use-of-force
SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced the release of four annual crime reports, which provide law enforcement agencies and the public with statewide data on crime statistics.
The reports released are:
“In California, we strive to improve public trust between law enforcement agencies and the communities they are sworn to protect by opening lines of communication,” said Attorney General Becerra. “A necessary part of the discussion is knowing the facts and having the data to inform the creation of effective plans to advance sound criminal justice policies. At the California DOJ, we know access to information is important to building trust and promoting transparency. That is why the four reports published today, along with the data sets on OpenJustice, are critical elements in strengthening the bond between Californians and their law enforcement agencies.”
The annual criminal justice reports and supporting data published by the California Department of Justice provide key findings, data visualizations, and downloadable digital datasets. These reports are updated annually on the Attorney General’s OpenJustice website. Attorney General Becerra encourages researchers, academics and interested parties to further analyze the data. The information from each report can be accessed via the Attorney General’s OpenJustice website.
Crime in California 2016 presents statewide statistics for reported crimes, arrests, dispositions of adult felony arrests, adults placed on probation, full-time criminal justice personnel, citizens’ complaints against peace officers, domestic violence related calls for assistance, and law enforcement officers killed or assaulted.
Homicide in California 2016 includes demographic data about homicide victims, persons arrested for homicide, persons sentenced to death, peace officers feloniously killed in the line of duty, and justifiable homicides.
Juvenile Justice in California 2016 provides insight into the juvenile justice process by reporting the number of arrests, referrals to probation departments, petitions filed, and dispositions for juveniles tried in juvenile and adult courts.
URSUS: Use of Force Incident Reporting 2016 presents a summary of use of force and discharge of firearm incidents that were reported to the California Department of Justice. Use of force and discharge of firearm incidents are defined in Government Code section 12525.2.
By driving research, reporting, and conversation, OpenJustice can help Californians better understand how the criminal justice system shapes various aspects of their lives, from safety, housing, education, health, and family, to economic opportunity. The launch in September 2015 of the Attorney General’s OpenJustice website established California as a leader among US states in criminal justice transparency. Additionally, the OpenJustice Data Act of 2016 (Assembly Bill 2524), effective January 1, 2017, designated the Attorney General’s OpenJustice website as the public repository of all crime data contained in the four annual publications, thereby making OpenJustice a key government resource for Californians wishing to learn about their criminal justice system.
A complete copy of the reports can be found online: https://openjustice.doj.ca.gov/resources/publications.