Can Early Release Both Reduce Prison Costs and Increase Deterrence?

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Derek Pyne

Thompson Rivers University - School of Business and Economics

Date Written: August 28, 2015

Abstract

The disutility criminals receive from prison varies. Earning early release requires effort which can be used to separate those with the highest disutility from others. Savings from those released early can be used to finance longer prison sentences for others.

Keywords: Prison Costs; Early Release; Crime

JEL Classification: K4, D8

Suggested Citation

Pyne, Derek, Can Early Release Both Reduce Prison Costs and Increase Deterrence? (August 28, 2015). Economics Letters, Vol. 135, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2652844

Derek Pyne (Contact Author)

Thompson Rivers University - School of Business and Economics ( email )

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Kamloops, British Columbia V2C 0C8
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