Why are Immigrants' Incarceration Rates so Low? Evidence on Selective Immigration, Deterrence, and Deportation

@article{Butcher2007WhyAI,
  title={Why are Immigrants' Incarceration Rates so Low? Evidence on Selective Immigration, Deterrence, and Deportation},
  author={Kristin F. Butcher and A. Piehl},
  journal={Public Choice & Political Economy eJournal},
  year={2007}
}
  • Kristin F. Butcher, A. Piehl
  • Published 2007
  • Political Science
  • Public Choice & Political Economy eJournal
  • The perception that immigration adversely affects crime rates led to legislation in the 1990s that particularly increased punishment of criminal aliens. In fact, immigrants have much lower institutionalization (incarceration) rates than the native born - on the order of one-fifth the rate of natives. More recently arrived immigrants have the lowest relative incarceration rates, and this difference increased from 1980 to 2000. We examine whether the improvement in immigrants' relative… CONTINUE READING
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