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Assessing risks among California's prisoners

Since 2006, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has conducted psychological assessments on convicts as they enter the prison system. The state uses inmates' answers to measure their level of criminal thinking and their need for substance abuse treatment and education. This interactive includes more than 49,000 inmates in California's prisons as of March 31. Inmates are grouped by their "principal offense," the conviction that resulted in their prison sentence.

The circles show the percentage of inmates convicted of each type of crime who received scores indicating "high risk" in each category.

Addiction is by far the most common problem documented for California's prisoners, with 48 percent of those assessed scoring high risk for substance abuse.

Age range

    Sex

  • M
  • F

Ethnicity

  • Black
  • Hisp.
  • White
  • Other
  Pct. high risk, substance abuse Pct. high risk, criminal thinking Pct. high risk, vocational/ education Avg. Age Gender Ethnicity
Inmates convicted of violent crimes
Homicide
Manslaughter
Sexual assault
Assault
Robbery
Weapons
Inmates convicted of property crimes
Burglary
Theft
Motor vehicle theft
Forgery, check and access cards
Arson
Vandalism
Inmates convicted of controlled substances crimes
Narcotic/dangerous drug
Marijuana
All other drugs
Inmates convicted of other crimes
Other sexual crimes
Driving under the influence
Kidnapping
Hit and run
Escape
Other

Sources: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions (COMPAS); analysis by California Watch and the San Francisco Chronicle

Credits: Interactive by Michael Corey and Coulter Jones. Reporting by Ryan Gabrielson.

Data API: You can use the data from this interactive to build your own applications.

Age range

Sex

  • Men
  • Women

Ethnicity

  • Black
  • Hispanic
  • White
  • Other

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