Report: Arrest Rate Highest in Lake County

Lake County has the highest arrest rate in the state, according to the latest report from the Public Policy Institute of California.

The report, based off 2016 data, shows that California’s arrest rate is 3,428 per 100,000 residents. But Lake County’s arrest rate is more than twice that number with 7,906 arrests per 100,000 residents.

Overall, rural counties have higher arrest rates than urban counties. San Francisco has the lowest arrest rate with 2,603 per 100,000 residents. Rural counties also have the highest arrest rates for women.

According to the Record-Bee, there are various suspected reasons for this disparity. Kings County Sheriff David Robinson agreed with the idea that smaller population size makes law enforcement agencies better able to make arrests. Meanwhile, Lake County Sheriff Brian Martin suggested lack of resources has law enforcement handling a broader array of situations including non-criminal ones, like mental health or drug situations.

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