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LA Times reports arrests in CA down dramatically, is that true and if so, why?




LAPD Sgt. Emada Tingirides mixes more traditional police work with building relationships in the Nickerson Gardens Housing Project in Watts, as part of the departments Community Safety Partnership program.
LAPD Sgt. Emada Tingirides mixes more traditional police work with building relationships in the Nickerson Gardens Housing Project in Watts, as part of the departments Community Safety Partnership program.
Frank Stoltze

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The Los Angeles Times reported this week that arrests are way down throughout California.

According to their report, 2015 arrests were the lowest they've been in nearly 50 years. That's the most recent year for which we have numbers. There were 1.1 million arrests in 2015, down from 1.5 million 9 years earlier. LAPD arrests dropped 25% just between 2013 and 2015.

What's going on? Some speculate the drop is related the changes in drug crime policy that resulted from Prop 47, others point to the so-called Ferguson effect. Larry Mantle and guests discuss.

Guests:

Cindy Chang, staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she covers the LAPD; she worked on the Times’ report

Frank Stoltze, correspondent who currently covers criminal justice and public safety issues for KPCC

Donny Youngblood, Kern County Sheriff and president of the California State Sheriff’s Association