How should inmates be released from prison? An assessment of parole versus fixed-sentence regimes

@article{Kuziemko2013HowSI,
  title={How should inmates be released from prison? An assessment of parole versus fixed-sentence regimes},
  author={Ilyana Kuziemko},
  journal={Quarterly Journal of Economics},
  year={2013},
  volume={128},
  pages={371-424}
}
  • I. Kuziemko
  • Published 1 February 2013
  • Law
  • Quarterly Journal of Economics
Over the past 30 years, many states have abolished parole boards, which traditionally have had the discretion to release inmates before the expiration of their full sentence, in favor of fixed-sentence regimes in which the original sentence is binding. However, if prison time lowers recidivism risk and if parole boards can accurately estimate inmates' recidivism risk, then relative to a fixed-sentence regime, parole can provide allocative-efficiency benefits (costly prison space is allocated to… 

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