Intended and Unintended Consequences of Prison Reform

@inproceedings{Boylan2009IntendedAU,
  title={Intended and Unintended Consequences of Prison Reform},
  author={Richard T. Boylan and Naci H. Mocan},
  year={2009}
}
Since the 1970s, U.S. federal courts have issued court orders condemning state prison crowding. However, the impact of these court orders on prison spending and prison conditions is theoretically ambiguous because it is unclear if these court orders are enforceable. We examine states' responses to court interventions and show that these interventions generate higher per inmate incarceration costs, lower inmate mortality rates, and a reduction in prisoners per capita. If states seek to minimize… CONTINUE READING

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