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California spent nearly $21 billion on incarceration and crime in 2015




IONE, CA - AUGUST 28:  Inmates at the Mule Creek State Prison interact in a gymnasium that was modified to house prisoners August 28, 2007 in Ione, California. A panel of three federal judges is looking to put a cap on the California State Prison population after class action lawsuits were filed on behalf of inmates who complained of being forced to live in classrooms, gymnasiums and other non-traditional prison housing. California prisons house nearly 173,000 inmates with over 17,000 of them in non-traditional housing. The Mule Creek State Prison has had to modify several facilities to make room for an increasing number of inmates. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
IONE, CA - AUGUST 28: Inmates at the Mule Creek State Prison interact in a gymnasium that was modified to house prisoners August 28, 2007 in Ione, California. A panel of three federal judges is looking to put a cap on the California State Prison population after class action lawsuits were filed on behalf of inmates who complained of being forced to live in classrooms, gymnasiums and other non-traditional prison housing. California prisons house nearly 173,000 inmates with over 17,000 of them in non-traditional housing. The Mule Creek State Prison has had to modify several facilities to make room for an increasing number of inmates. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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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. 

Click the blue audio player above to hear the full interview.