The state of California has been battling with a perceived fluctuation in the crime rate for the last few years. A state where there were only 12 prisons from 1852 to 1964, between 1982 and 2000 there have been an additional 23 prisons built. The increase in prisons and the criminals who have been captured and sentenced to longer jail terms or life have made the citizens feel safer in this sought after area of the United States. The cost to the state for keeping a person in prison on a yearly basis is equal to the cost for one years’ tuition at Harvard University. For more information on the prisons and the reason for the increase you can read the article on you visitor.