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Does Prison Harden Inmates? A Discontinuity-based Approach


M. Keith Chen


University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Anderson School of Management; Yale School of Management; Cowles Foundation

Jesse M. Shapiro


University of Chicago; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

January 2004

Cowles Foundation Discussion Paper No. 1450

Abstract:     
Some two million Americans are currently incarcerated, with roughly six hundred thousand to be released this year. Despite this, little is known about the effects of confinement conditions on the post-release lives of inmates. Focusing on post-release criminal activity, we identify the causal effect of prison conditions on recidivism rates by exploiting a discontinuity in the assignment of federal prisoners to security levels. We find that harsher prison conditions are associated with significantly more post-release crime.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 32

Keywords: Crime, Prison, Recidivism, Social Capital, Peer Effects, Regression Discontinuity

JEL Classification: K14, K42, J24, H4

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Date posted: November 19, 2003  

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Chen, M. Keith and Shapiro, Jesse M., Does Prison Harden Inmates? A Discontinuity-based Approach (January 2004). Cowles Foundation Discussion Paper No. 1450. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=470301

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Keith Chen (Contact Author)
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Anderson School of Management ( email )
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Los Angeles, CA 90095-1481
United States
HOME PAGE: http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/faculty/keith.chen/index.html
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Cowles Foundation
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Jesse M. Shapiro
University of Chicago ( email )
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Chicago, IL 60637
United States
773-834-2688 (Phone)
773-834-8172 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://home.uchicago.edu/~jmshapir/
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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