Arrests Reported from 2008 to 2017
California law enforcement agencies report to the California Department of Justice information on felony, misdemeanor, and juvenile status offense arrests (e.g., curfew violations) occurring within the state. Monthly Arrest and Citation Register (MACR) data includes details of the arrest (date, offense), basic demographic information of the individual arrested, and limited information on the law enforcement disposition of the arrest. This page presents information on arrests between the years 2008 and 2017.
- In 2017, there were 1.1 million total arrests, at a rate of 3,565.2 arrests per 100,000 population at risk — decreasing 2.5 percent from 2016.
- Since 2008, both felony and misdemeanor arrest rates have steadily declined (42.5 and 27.2 percent respectively).
- The reduction in arrest rates for at-risk juveniles has far outpaced the decline in adult arrest rates. From 2012 to 2017, juvenile arrests decreased by 54.1 percent while adult arrests decreased by 10.3 percent.
- In November 2014, California voters passed Prop 47, which reduced some felony offenses to misdemeanors. From 2012 to 2017, felony drug offense arrests decreased by 76.1 percent.