A Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Federal Prosecution of Immigration Crimes

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Kit Johnson

University of Oklahoma - College of Law

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

Immigration crimes are the most prosecuted federal crimes in America. This Article examines the benefits of the federal prosecution of immigration crimes (training, deterrence, and signaling/expression) and balances those benefits against the costs of such prosecutions (court-house costs, alternative prosecution, and incarceration). I conclude that deportation immediately following a conviction for an immigration crime appears to capture the key benefit of this system (signaling/expression) while alleviating its greatest expense (incarceration).

Keywords: immigration, crime, prosecution, cost, economics, deportation

JEL Classification: K1, K10, K14, K42, F22

Suggested Citation

Johnson, Kit, A Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Federal Prosecution of Immigration Crimes (2014). 92 Denv. U. L. Rev. 863 (2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2656568

Kit Johnson (Contact Author)

University of Oklahoma - College of Law ( email )

300 Timberdell Road
Norman, OK 73019
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