Are efforts to reduce incarceration increasing racial disparities in California?

Across many states, new criminal justice reform policies have been introduced that are aimed at reducing state prison populations. While these policies have succeeded in this initial goal, we know little about who benefits most from these reforms and whether racial groups have been affected in distinct ways. Racial discrimination in otherwise similar cases, as well as systematic differences in eligibility for alternatives to incarceration, might substantially affect how the benefits of reform are distributed across racial groups.