The Unintended Impact of Pretrial Detention on Case Outcomes: Evidence from New York City Arraignments

@article{Leslie2017TheUI,
  title={The Unintended Impact of Pretrial Detention on Case Outcomes: Evidence from New York City Arraignments},
  author={Emily Leslie and Nolan G. Pope},
  journal={The Journal of Law and Economics},
  year={2017},
  volume={60},
  pages={529 - 557}
}
  • Emily Leslie, Nolan G. Pope
  • Published 2017
  • Economics
  • The Journal of Law and Economics
  • In the United States, over 400,000 individuals are in jail daily waiting for their criminal cases to be resolved. The majority of detainees are held because they cannot post bail. We estimate the impact of being detained pretrial on the likelihood of being convicted and sentence length using data on nearly a million criminal cases in New York City. Causal effects are identified using variation across arraignment judges in their propensities to detain defendants. We find that being detained… CONTINUE READING
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