What is causing the uptick in crime in Southern California?

May 2017

Even though cell phone videos make conflicts between police and certain communities feel more poignant, they're nothing new, Charis Kubrin, professor of criminology, law and society said on "Inside OC with Rick Reiff."

"There is a longstanding, challenging relationship between the police and community members in many communities across the United States. Now with social media we are seeing the effects of that… That’s coming to light and that’s being now put on the front page for everybody to see," Kubrin said.

Kubrin appeared on the show with retired Anaheim Police Capt. Joe Vargas. She also discussed crime trends in California -- it's up recently after decades of decline -- and refuted the idea often advanced by law enforcement that recent state policies to lower prison overcrowding and decriminalize some drug and other minor offenses are to blame.

Watch the show.