How to Succeed in Criminal Justice Without Really Trying
Whitman School of Management
Fairleigh Dickinson University
November 8, 2011
We examined the incentive structure of the various actors of the criminal justice system within an organization economics framework. Specifically, we examined the incentives of the police, forensic scientists, prosecutors and public defenders. We found that police, prosecutors and forensic scientists often have an incentive to garner convictions with little incentive to convict the right person, whereas public defenders lack incentives to provide a vigorous defense for their clients. Further, we analyzed the role this skewed incentive structure plays in leading to false convictions.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 56
Keywords: multitask problem, criminal justice, forensic science, false convictions
JEL Classification: K14, L32, D2, D73
Date posted: November 8, 2011 ; Last revised: November 9, 2011
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