Prison Population and Criminal Justice Policy in California


In the late eighties, a series of blue-ribbon studies urged a massive prison-building program to accommodate huge projected increases in the state prison population. Zimring and Hawkins show that the booming prison population reflects a change in policy rather than an increase in crime and suggest innovative ways to reduce the prison population.

Franklin E. Zimring
Gordon Hawkin
Publication date: 
March 31, 1992
Publication type: 
California Politics & Government