Cornerstone Research provided pro bono analytical support for the LCCRSF’s report on racial disparities in non-traffic infractions.
The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCRSF) published a report that assesses how non-traffic citations, such as loitering or jaywalking, are distributed with respect to demographics and geography. The report shows that police across California assign Black, Latinx, and unhoused people a disproportionate number of non-traffic citations. In support of LCCRSF’s report, Cornerstone Research analyzed data on non-traffic police citations in California.
We partnered with LCCRSF to compile a unique dataset of non-traffic citations from various cities and counties, obtained from police departments through public record requests, alongside other public data. We produced several charts, tables, and descriptive statistics, including.
Our analyses are featured in LCCRSF’s report, “Cited for Being in Plain Sight: How California Polices Being Black, Brown and Unhoused in Public.” By comparing the non-traffic citation demographic breakdowns to the overall demographics in each city and county, the report demonstrates the racial and socioeconomic disparities in non-traffic citations across California. LCCRSF discusses its findings in detail and provides recommendations to reform California’s policing and justice system in the report.