State Criminal Justice Profile

California

BJA Investments

In Fiscal Year 2014, BJA provided more than $41 million* in state and local funds to California.

Justice Assistance Grant Program—State Formula $19,301,034
Justice Assistance Grant Program—140 Local Awards $11,548,392
Other Direct Discretionary Funds $10,240,503

Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance
*This amount does not include funding for national training and technical assistance programs that benefit all states and territories.

PDF IconInvestment Details

Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—State Formula

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
California Board of State and Community Corrections 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 California JAG Program $19,301,034

Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—Local Awards

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Alameda County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Alameda County FY 2014 JAG Project $873,480
City and County of San Francisco 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Program $458,753
City of Alhambra 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 PredPol Crime Prediction Project $13,279
City of Arvin 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Program $14,126
City of Atwater 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Patrol Room Computer Stations and Tactical Shield Projects $11,558
City of Azusa 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Program $18,716
City of Bakersfield 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Program $161,177
City of Banning 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Banning Police Activity League (BPAL) Program $12,623
City of Bell Gardens 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Program $13,798
City of Bellflower 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Bellflower Sheriff Community Patrol Enhancement $27,459
City of Burbank 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Project $17,896
City of Carlsbad 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Program $18,306
City of Carson 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Law Enforcement Programs $39,973
City of Cathedral City 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Radar and Rifles Project $18,552
City of Ceres 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Canine Training and Replacement Program $14,071
City of Chico 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Program $31,804
City of Chula Vista 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Police Community Relations $52,296
City of Citrus Heights 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Crisis Negotiation Equipment, Technology, and Supplies $28,634
City of Clovis 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Program $16,257
City of Coalinga 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Interoperability Dual Band Portable Radios Project $11,639
City of Commerce 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Operation Ready! $10,109
City of Compton 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Compton Anti-Crime Program 2014 $98,690
City of Concord 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Police Officer Trainee Funding $37,787
City of Corona 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 2014 JAG for Police Supplies $16,640
City of Culver City 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Information Technology Software and Hardware Upgrade $12,951
City of Delano 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Delano City FY 2014 JAG Project $20,246
City of Desert Hot Springs 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Photo Evidence Documentation Grant $28,744
City of Dinuba 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Law Enforcement Equipment Project $14,044
City of Downey 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Comprehensive Approach to Proactive Community Engagement and Crime Suppression $31,831
City of El Cajon 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Sustainability of Officer and Traffic Safety Equipment and Programs $35,000
City of El Monte 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Program $38,689
City of Elk Grove 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Police In-Car Video Systems Project $42,733
City of Encinitas 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 800 MHz Radio Support Project $11,913
City of Escondido 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 City of Escondido Narcotics Enforcement Enhancement Project $46,995
City of Fairfield 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Solano County Law Enforcement Service Enhancement Project $128,335
City of Fresno 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Law Enforcement Equipment Augmentation Program $300,250
City of Gardena 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 To Provide New and Upgraded Equipment, Combat Helmets, and Face Shields for All Officers in the Gardena Police Department $25,000
City of Gilroy 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Gilroy City FY 2014 JAG Project $15,519
City of Glendale 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Glendale City FY 2014 JAG Project $20,984
City of Hanford 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Hanford Police Department JAG Project $18,142
City of Hawthorne 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 City of Hawthorne FY 2014 JAG Project $52,268
City of Hemet 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Critical Incident and Crime Management Center (CICMC) $31,039
City of Hollister 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Patrol Car Video System $13,088
City of Huntington Park 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 City of Huntington Park FY 2014 JAG Project $38,771
City of Inglewood 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Part-Time Civilian Investigator Position $66,422
City of La Mesa 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 La Mesa Police Department Investigations and Patrol Equipment Purchase $17,350
City of La Puente 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Reduction in Crime and Violence and Implementation of a Gang Injunction Restricting Gang Activity $12,022
City of La Quinta 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 City of La Quinta Law Enforcement Productivity Through Technology Initiative $12,978
City of Lakewood 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Lakewood City FY 2014 JAG Project $20,137
City of Lancaster 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 First Time Second Chance Project $71,312
City of Lawndale 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 4th of July Fireworks Enforcement and Youth Day Parade Activities Program $15,574
City of Lodi 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Project $20,738
City of Long Beach 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Long Beach JAG 2014 $226,287
City of Los Angeles 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 City and County of Los Angeles Community Law Enforcement and Recovery (CLEAR) Program $2,120,954
City of Los Banos 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Program $12,268
City of Lynwood 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 City of Lynwood FY 2014 JAG Program $48,225
City of Madera 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Program $33,580
City of Manteca 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Program $19,454
City of Merced 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Program $50,875
City of Montebello 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 City of Montebello Police Department 2014 JAG Program $14,590
City of Monterey 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Side-View In-Car Video Cameras $13,525
City of Moreno Valley 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Specialized Code Enforcement Program $59,072
City of Napa 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Project $18,716
City of National City 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Active Shooter Plate Carriers $31,995
City of Norwalk 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Public Safety Department Mobile Digital Computers $34,235
City of Oceanside 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 City of Oceanside FY 2014 JAG Project $54,591
City of Oxnard 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Ventura County Edward Byrne Memorial JAG FY 2014 $112,980
City of Palm Springs 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Program $22,951
City of Palmdale 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Enhanced Traffic Enforcement $66,367
City of Paramount 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 City of Paramount Comprehensive Crime Prevention Program $23,006
City of Parlier 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Gang Suppression and Education Program $10,656
City of Pasadena 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Youth and Family Services $38,853
City of Petaluma 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Program $13,771
City of Pico Rivera 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Safety Through Our Perseverance (STOP) $20,519
City of Pittsburg 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Auto Theft and Recover Program $12,323
City of Porterville 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Public Safety Facility Outfitting $17,705
City of Rancho Cordova 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Program $30,164
City of Redding 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Integrated Public Safety System Support $60,083
City of Redondo Beach 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Law Enforcement Technology Improvement Project $15,519
City of Riverside 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 City of Riverside and Riverside County Joint JAG 2014 $188,499
City of Rosemead 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Program $13,115
City of Roseville 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Project $23,907
City of Sacramento 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Sacramento Helicopter Operations Support $300,167
City of Salinas 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 City of Salinas and Monterey County FY 2014 JAG Program $107,323
City of San Diego 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 JAG Block 2014 $565,799
City of San Jose 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 JAG $290,714
City of San Luis Obispo 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Statistical Crime Analysis Project $10,355
City of San Pablo 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Program $21,147
City of Sanger 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Sanger City FY 2014 JAG Project $20,246
City of Santa Clara 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) Replacement and Expansion Project $15,847
City of Santa Clarita 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Santa Clarita Crime Prevention Program 2014 $26,749
City of Santa Cruz 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 City and County of Santa Cruz FY 2014 JAG Project $65,957
City of Santa Monica 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 City of Santa Monica FY 2014 JAG Project $31,585
City of Santa Rosa 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Purchase of Technology and Equipment $56,968
City of Santee 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 City of Santee Security Improvement Program $11,995
City of Selma 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Project $15,246
City of South Gate 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 South Gate Police Department FY 2014 JAG Program $47,296
City of South Lake Tahoe 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 2014 JAG Equipment and Support Service for South Lake Tahoe Police Department $12,077
City of Stockton 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Firearms Reduction Consortium $414,923
City of Sunnyvale 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Frontline Law Enforcement and SWAT Equipment Project $13,361
City of Torrance 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Torrance Police Cadet Program $18,170
City of Tracy 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 Local JAG Program Police Technology and Frontline Law Enforcement $11,420
City of Turlock 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Program $34,946
City of Visalia 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Program $43,935
City of Vista 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Junior Deputy Academy, Equipment, and Training $34,345
City of Watsonville 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Mobile Forensic Equipment Project $23,498
City of West Covina 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Program $24,017
City of West Hollywood 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 West Hollywood Park Security Program $29,071
City of Whittier 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Whittier Police Department Personnel Computer Upgrade Program 4 $25,246
Contra Costa County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Program $204,920
Covina Police Department 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Youth Accountability Board Project $12,678
El Dorado County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 El Dorado County FY 2014 JAG Project $18,825
Eureka Police Department 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Eureka Police Department In-Car Computer System Project $12,705
Hoopa Valley Tribe 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Field Supplies for Natural Resources Rangers $12,241
Imperial County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 Imperial County Law Enforcement Program $14,044
Indio Police Department 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 City of Indio FY 2014 JAG Program $36,421
Kern County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Program $163,335
Kings County Probation Department 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Technology Enhancements Project $12,568
Lake County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Lake County FY 2014 JAG Project $15,246
Madera County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Interoperable Communications Project and Digital Imaging Project $24,508
Mendocino County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Mendocino County FY 2014 JAG Project $21,530
Merced County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Program $40,629
Michael M. Machado 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Program $30,301
Nevada County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 2014 Technology Upgrade Project $12,213
Orange County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Local Law Enforcement Programs $434,569
Placer County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Placer County Special Investigation Unit (SIU) Task Force—Anti-Drug $23,962
Pomona Police Department 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Pomona Police Department Forensics Unit Project $77,187
Reedley Police Department 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Frontline Law Enforcement Safety Equipment and Technology Project $14,017
Sacramento County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Juvenile Court Services Division—Violent Offender Unit $236,833
San Bernardino County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 JAG Program $659,953
San Mateo County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 Edward Byrne Memorial JAG Program (Local Solicitation)—San Mateo County $109,810
Santa Barbara County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Santa Barbara Regional Narcotic Enforcement Team $131,723
Shasta County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Program $44,044
Sonoma County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Mobile Computer and Scanning Improvement Program $46,531
Stanislaus County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Program $151,805
Sutter County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Sutter County and Yuba City FY 2014 JAG Project $18,388
Tehama County District Attorney 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Tehama County FY 2014 JAG Program $15,137
Tulare County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Tulare County School Safety Program $45,793
Yolo County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Program $28,689
Yuba County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 District Attorney Child Abuser Prosecution Project $15,902

Other Direct Discretionary Funds

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Alameda County 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 County of Alameda FY 2014 Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program: Planning and Implementation $999,797
Alameda County Probation Department 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 Alameda County Smart Supervision Initiative $557,097
California Board of State and Community Corrections 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 California Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners (RSAT) Program $719,062
California Board of State and Community Corrections 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 2014 JAG Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Reallocation $413,525
California Department of Justice 08/01/2013 – 07/31/2015 Improvements to Specific Technologies, Processes, and Procedures $827,050
California Department of Justice 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016 Out of Custody Pilot Program $748,221
City of Los Angeles 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016 FY 2014 Intellectual Property Program $456,413
City of Los Angeles 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 Los Angeles Believes in Opportunities and Recidivism Reduction $750,000
City of Los Angeles 10/01/2009 – 03/31/2016 Smart Policing: Institutionalizing Operation LASER $400,000
City of Los Angeles 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016 Project INTERCEPT (Introducing New Tools based on Evidence and Risk-assessment to Confirm Eligibility for Prosecution Treatment) $435,253
Contra Costa County Probation Department 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 CONNECT Project $294,894
Governor’s Office of Emergency Services 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016 Eastern District of California FY 2014 Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative $500,000
Governor’s Office of Emergency Services 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 California John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program $54,720
Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program (IVROP) 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 Imperial Valley Second Chance Project $525,900
Karuk Tribe 10/01/2014 – 03/31/2016 Karuk Tribal Justice System Strategic Plan $74,975
Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016 Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Second Chance Act Project $600,000
San Diego County Superintendent of Schools 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 Technology Career Training Apprenticeship Project $748,343
San Francisco District Attorney’s Office 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016 Predictive Analytics for Strategic Prosecution $435,253
San Francisco Superior Court 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 San Francisco Veterans Justice Court $350,000
Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 Veterans Treatment Court $350,000

Law Enforcement Agencies and Officers

Law Enforcement Agencies: 460

Sworn Officers: 76,912

City     County     Tribal     State     Other

Source: FBI Uniform Crime Report (2013)

  • More than 56% of the 460 law enforcement agencies in California have 50 or fewer sworn officers.
  • Nearly 85% of sworn officers work for agencies with 100 or more officers.

Officer Fatalities and Assaults

Between 2004 and 2013, 44 officers were feloniously killed (5 in 2013) and 61 officers were accidentally killed in the line of duty. In 2013, 8,388 officers were assaulted (16.83% of all officers assaulted in the United States).

Crime Trends

According to the FBI Annual Report, nationwide violent crime in 2013 decreased more than 4% from the 2012 estimates. Below are the current crime trends for California:

Crime 2012 2013 %
Violent Crime 160,944 154,129 -4.2
Murder and Manslaughter 1,884 1,746 -7.3
Forcible Rape 7,837 17,178 N/A
Robbery 56,521 53,640 -5.1
Aggravated Assault 94,702 89,029 -6.0
Property Crime 1,049,465 1,018,907 -2.9
Burglary 245,767 232,058 -5.6
Larceny-Theft 635,090 621,557 -2.1
Motor Vehicle Theft 168,608 165,292 -2.0

Arrest Data

In 2013, total arrests (1,212,801) decreased 1.25% from 2012. Violent-crime arrests decreased 1.73% (101,342), and property-related arrests decreased 3.24% (139,624).
Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reports

Court Structure

Court of Last Resort:    Supreme Court
Intermediate Appellate:    Courts of Appeals
General Jurisdiction:    Superior Court

Corrections

Prisoner Admissions: 38,295
Prisoner Releases: 36,353
Total Prisoners: 135,981

Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics (2013)

Major Correctional Facilities: 35
Recidivism Rate*: 61.0%
Top Offenses: Robbery, other assault/battery, murder 1st degree (FY 2013)

Source: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
*A recidivist is an individual convicted of a felony and incarcerated in a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) adult prison who was released to parole, discharged after being paroled, or directly discharged from CDCR during FY 2008–2009 and subsequently returned to prison within 3 years.

Regional Informations Sharing Systems® (RISS)

The Western States Information Network (WSIN), a RISS Center, serves California. There are 842 California criminal justice agencies that are members of WSIN.
Source: Regional Information Sharing Systems

Seal of California

Highlights

In California, Byrne JAG state funding has assisted with numerous innovative initiatives and supports:

  • Range of public safety projects, including those for reducing school violence, reducing gang involvement, providing detention alternatives for low-risk juveniles, and increasing graduation rates.

  • Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC), which is the Byrne JAG state administering agency. The BSCC was established in July 2012 to oversee public safety realignment, which keeps nonviolent, nonserious, nonsexual offenders at the local level, where they receive intensive programming and are closer to family support systems.

  • In 2013, the BSCC surveyed stakeholders to determine California’s needs within the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s funding priority areas. The stakeholders rated as top priorities crime prevention and education; law enforcement for fighting gangs; and court, prosecution, and defense strategies. The board also included drug abuse prevention, drug enforcement, and gun violence education . In previous years, the Byrne JAG had been used by law enforcement solely to fund narcotics task forces.

Source: National Criminal Justice Association

PDF IconDetails on California’s priorities and planning process

State Administering Agency (SAA)

Board of State and Community Corrections Kathleen T. Howard, Executive Director
http://www.bscc.ca.gov/

California At-A-Glance

Total Population: 38,332,521
Population Under 18: 9,174,877
Population Over 65: 4,791,731

Source: U.S. Census (2013 est.)

State Investigative Agency:
California Bureau of Investigation Kamala Harris, Attorney General

Local Governments: 4,425
Source: U.S. Census (2012)

Federally Recognized Tribes: 107
Source: Bureau of Indian Affairs

U.S. Attorneys’ Offices: Eileen M. Decker—Central District of California, Los Angeles Benjamin B. Wagner—Eastern District of California, Sacramento Brian Stretch—Northern District of California, San Francisco Laura E. Duffy—Southern District of California, San Diego Source: U.S. Department of Justice

Homeland Security Agency: California Governor's Office of Emergency Services Mark Ghilarducci, Director http://www.caloes.ca.gov/

Drug Courts: 226
Source: National Drug Court Resource Center