Crime in California

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This article refers to crime in the American state of California.

State statistics[edit]

In 2008, there were 1,265,920 crimes reported in California, including 2,142 murders, 8,903 rapes and 1,080,747 property crimes.[1] In 2004, the California Board of Corrections reported 1,279,758 bookings, or administrative records of those arrested, in jails throughout California.[2]

In 2014, 1,697 people were victims of homicides. 30% of homicides were gang-related, 28% were due to an unspecified argument, 9% were domestic, and 7% were robbery related. The rest were unknown.[3]

Number of crimes per 100,000 persons in 2004 (crime rates)[4]
Violent crime rates Property crime rates Total Rank
Population Violent crime Homicide Rape Robbery Serious assault Property crime Burglary Larceny Motor vehicle theft
35,893,799 551.8 6.7 26.8 172.1 346.3 3,419.0 685.1 2,030.1 703.8 11,970.8 26
Year Population Index Violent Property Murder Forcible rape Robbery Aggravated
assault
Burglary Larceny
theft
Vehicle
theft
1960 15,717,204 546,069 37,558 508,511 616 2,859 18,796 18,796 143,102 311,956 53,453
1970 19,953,134 1,264,854 94,741 1,170,113 1,376 7,005 45,083 45,083 349,788 682,811 137,514
1980 23,532,680 1,264,854 210,290 1,633,042 3,411 13,693 102,766 102,766 545,138 913,070 174,834
1990 29,760,021 1,965,237 311,051 1,654,186 3,553 12,688 182,602 182,602 400,392 951,580 302,214
2000 33,871,648 1,266,714 210,531 1,056,183 2,079 9,785 60,249 138,418 222,293 651,855 182,035
2010 37,338,198 1,146,072 164,133 981,939 1,809 8,331 58,116 95,877 228,857 600,558 152,524
2016 39,250,017 1,176,866 174,796 1,002,070 1,930 10,149 54,789 104,375 188,304 637,010 176,756

By location[edit]

Los Angeles[edit]

In 2010, Los Angeles reported 293 homicides.[5] The 2010 number corresponds to a rate of 7.6 per 100,000 population. Murders in Los Angeles have decreased since the peak year of 1993, when the homicide rate was 21.1 (per 100,000 population).[6]

Bakersfield[edit]

On 12 September 2018, a shooting rampage was witnessed in Bakersfield, where a man killed five people and then took his life as well. The mass shooting is considered to be the third deadliest gun violence in the US in 2018.[7]

Legal Procedure[edit]

As one of the fifty states of the United States, California follows common law criminal procedure. The principal source of law for California criminal procedure is the California Penal Code, Part 2, "Of Criminal Procedure."

Every year, there are approximately 60 million violent crimes and 400 million property crimes committed.[8] With a population of about 40 million people, approximately 1.2 million arrests are made every year in California.[9] The California superior courts hear about 270,000 felony cases, 900,000 misdemeanor cases, and 5 million infraction cases every year. [10] There are currently 130,000 people in state prisons[11] and 70,000 people in county jails.[12] Of these, there are 746 people who have been sentenced to death.[13]

Policing[edit]

In 2008, California had 509 state and local law enforcement agencies.[14] Those agencies employed a total of 126,538 staff.[14] Of the total staff, 79,431 were sworn officers (defined as those with general arrest powers).[14]

Police ratio[edit]

In 2008, California had 217 police officers per 100,000 residents.[14]

Capital punishment laws[edit]

The death penalty (also known as capital punishment) is applied in California.[15]

See also[edit]

General:

References[edit]