Massachusetts Trial Court Offers Evidence-Based Best Sentencing Practices

Data-driven best practices recommendations for judges and practitioners

Incarceration of Hispanics in MA

July 2016 Update: The Sentencing Project has issued a comprehensive report on race and incarceration. Here is the PDF of the report (The Color of Justice: Racial and Ethnic Disparity in State Prison), and here is the website introducing the report. It suggests that Massachusetts has the highest ratio of disparity of Hispanic to white incarceration;… Continue reading Incarceration of Hispanics in MA

The Economics of Crime

The George Mason University School of Law Judicial Education Program presented an excellent program on the economics of crime, formally titled "Judicial Symposium on Using the Law and Economics to Reform the System of Criminal Justice: Theory, Empirical Evidence and Some Applications. There was lots of thought provoking material presented including that incarceration and other… Continue reading The Economics of Crime

What Caused the Crime Decline?

  This small to medium-sized 2015 PDF-book from the Brennan Center at New York University subjects the possible causes of the large crime decline to a multi-variable regression analysis. It suggests that increases in incarceration will not reduce crime, and that the historical crime decline of the last 30 years is due to many factors:… Continue reading What Caused the Crime Decline?

Moderate Effects of Incarceration on the Crime Rate

Is incarceration an effective crime reduction strategy?