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Prosecutor Politics: The Impact of Election Cycles on Criminal Sentencing in the Era of Rising Incarceration

@inproceedings{Okafor2021ProsecutorPT,
  title={Prosecutor Politics: The Impact of Election Cycles on Criminal Sentencing in the Era of Rising Incarceration},
  author={Chika O. Okafor},
  year={2021}
}
I investigate how political incentives affect the behavior of district attorneys (DAs). I develop a theoretical model that predicts DAs will increase sentencing intensity in an election period compared to the period prior. To empirically test this prediction, I compile one of the most comprehensive datasets to date on the political careers of all district attorneys in office during the steepest rise in incarceration in U.S. history (roughly 1986–2006). Using quasi-experimental methods, I find… 

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