Has Violent Crime Increased By 12 Percent? PolitiFact Checks Those Claims Wednesday, March 8, 2017 | Sacramento, CA Listen / download audio Update RequiredTo play audio, update browser or Flash plugin. Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio Following the death of a Whittier police officer this past February, many Republican lawmakers are blaming new legislation that supports early release for inmates on certain crimes. State Sen. Jeff Stone cited FBI statistics that found a 12 percent uptick in violent crime in the state of California for 2015. PolitiFact California Reporter Chris Nichols investigates the claim and explains whether violent crime in the state is really on its way up.