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

Public Health Approach to Incarceration

This is an interesting article from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, Institute for Research on Poverty. It gives a public health approach to incarceration, one that is a bit different than those of us in criminal justice system are used to. Here are some quotes: ". . . Research also shows that even after… Continue reading Public Health Approach to Incarceration

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?

Shorter, More Targeted Probation Terms?

Here's a National Institute of Corrections article that has many useful and well accepted concepts. These include Risk, Needs and Responsivity and other best practices. These are difficult to implement in a probation resource-poor environment. Also note on page 15 that the probation terms cited as examples of best practices are a year or shorter.… Continue reading Shorter, More Targeted Probation Terms?

Moderate Effects of Incarceration on the Crime Rate

Is incarceration an effective crime reduction strategy?

Modern Electronic Supervision vs. Incarceration

This article (book chapter) has broader application than the title would suggest because it seems to be about a lot more than just electronic monitoring. The author argues that the data strongly recommends shifting a large segment of the jail and prison population to non-incarceration correctional choices. James Byrne on Smart Sentencing Revisited Research on… Continue reading Modern Electronic Supervision vs. Incarceration