Chances of being locked up vary widely across California

Mar 27, 2015 12:23 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The number of inmates in California's county jails has fallen significantly since peaking in 2007.

But new statistics underscore a wide disparity that still exists among locales, with liberal enclaves like Marin and San Francisco far less likely to lock up criminals than conservative places like Kings, Lassen and Tuolumne counties.

The numbers compiled by the Board of State and Community Corrections and provided to The Associated Press often reflect local crime and poverty rates. Some counties tend to hold people while they await court hearings, while others let them out immediately.

California voters, legislators and federal judges have increasingly favored alternatives to jail or prison. The result is the state's overall incarceration rate has dipped by nearly one-fifth since its peak, to 567 inmates per 100,000 people.

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