California: The State of Incarceration, Explained


California is one of the epicenters of mass incarceration in the United States. Given the challenges of accessing timely, easily interpretable data, painting a complete picture of incarceration in the state has been difficult. A new Vera resource—California: The State of Incarceration—consolidates criminal legal system data for every California county so that anyone can find out what’s happening in their community. This fact sheet shares high-level findings and explains how you can use this new data tool to help transform the system.

Key Takeaway

Using the information in Vera’s California data hub, community members, advocates, and policymakers can work to change California’s system of mass incarceration.

Key Facts