California, nicknamed the Golden State, is the largest state in the US by population, which totals to 39,250,017 (as of 2016). Sacramento is the capital city of the state, but the largest city is Los Angeles, with a population of 3,792,621. Los Angeles is the second largest US city by population, after New York City.
45,000 members, organized into 450 gangs are active in Los Angeles, reported by the Police Department of the city. Some of the most infamous gangs operating in California are the Crips, Bloods, and the Sureños. Because of so many gangs that call Los Angeles their home, the city has been known as the Gang Capital of America.
The most dangerous cities in California are Stockton and Lodi. The city crime rate is 797.1 per 100,000 residents. The same rate statewide is 426.3 per 100,00 people. The poverty and unemployment rates are 17.4% and 7.5% accordingly. Capital punishment is legal in the state of California.
The safest cities are Imperial, Rancho Santa Margarita, and Aliso Viejo.
Although the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation does not provide inmate information or mugshots online, it can be requested by calling and providing personal information to gain access. Victim notification for victims, witnesses, family, friends and other people involved in the case is active. All information requests must be made in written form.
Unlike the DOC, some County Sheriff’s offices provide mugshots and inmate information online. Other Sheriff’s offices do not have databases, but will provide information by phone.