California’s Startling Trends: Does More Youth on the Streets Mean More Crime?

January 12, 2012

With a growing youth and immigrant population, one could expect an increase in local crime rates. However, this is often not true.

In this video, Mike Males, senior research fellow at the Center for Juvenile and Criminal Justice, explains why California's crime rate is going down (even with increasing diversity and a large youth population) and why he is optimistic for the future of the golden state's juvenile justice system. Thanks to our friends at Reclaiming Futures for sharing this video!

In a recently release policy brief, which you can access in the link below, Dr. Males goes into more detail on the actual numbers of incarcerated youth in California:



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