California has made several reforms to its criminal justice system over the past two decades. Programs like realignment in 2011 made lower-level felons eligible for parole.
The ultimate goal was simple: cut crime rates and reduce the number of people in the state's correctional facilities.
But a new report out from the California Budget and Policy Center says that, despite those efforts, the state spent nearly $21 billion dollars on crime last year.
That's billion with a B.
Scott Graves is director of research at the Center. He helped analyze the money for Take Two.
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