Reducing Crime Through Expungements

  title={Reducing Crime Through Expungements},
  author={Murat C. Mungan},
  journal={Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization},
  • Murat C. Mungan
  • Published 1 May 2017
  • Law
  • Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization
Expungement refers to the legal practice of having one's criminal record sealed. These legal devices lower the visibility of a person's criminal record, and thereby reduce the informal sanctions that may be imposed on him. This reduction is enjoyed by the ex-convict only if he does not become a repeat offender, because otherwise he re-obtains a criminal record. Thus, the value a person attaches to having his record expunged is inversely related to his criminal tendency. Therefore, by making… 
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