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Crime in California and the Nation reached an all time high in 1980 and then began a decrease that lasted through 1984. In March 1985, the Bureau of Criminal Statistics (BCS) of my office convened the CR/MECONFERENC85: to explore the issue of crime trends in depth. Preliminary mid-year 1985 California data indicate this downward trend may be over, making such examinations particularly valuable. So that the Conference might live beyond its original two days and with the intent of communicating the meeting's results to a broad audience, we are publishing these proceedings. Verbatim transcripts were edited with the assistance of panel members to enhance their clarity and readability. No major sections were deleted and at all times the text remains true to the literal character as well as the spirit of the discussions. The charts and graphs are published as provided by the panelist'i unless otherwise noted. We hope this publication will serve as a source document, a beginning point, for future discussions and for everyone interested in criminal justice data trends.

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