Crime is down 4% in Orange County, but burglaries are on the rise

March 2017

Charis Kubrin, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, is quoted in The Orange County Register for her insight regarding Prop. 47, and whether it is the cause of the increase in burglaries and thefts in Orange County.

From The Orange County Register:

Despite a strong consensus among police officers that Prop. 47 is responsible for the recent rise in burglaries and thefts, UC Irvine criminologist Charis E. Kubrin disputes that connection, saying no accepted independent research has established a causal link. In past years, she argued, studies disproved police contentions that a separate 2011 state law, which shifted some inmate monitoring and housing responsibilities from state prisons to county jails, prompted a surge in crime.

“At this point, there is no definitive explanation for what’s happening with crime rates,” Kubrin said. “The variability that you see (among cities) is suggesting local causes, so I’d start to look at what’s happening at the local level first.”

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