The Impact of Felony Larceny Thresholds on Crime in New England

29 Pages Posted: 29 Apr 2020

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Osborne Jackson

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Riley Sullivan

Federal Reserve Banks - Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Date Written: March, 2020

Abstract

Criminal justice reform has been a high-priority policy area in New England and the nation in recent years. States are generally seeking legislation that would help reintegrate ex-offenders into society while still prioritizing the welfare of all members of the public and the achievement of fiscal goals. The research findings presented in this report indicate that raising felony larceny thresholds—that is, increasing the dollar value of stolen property at or above which a larceny offense may be charged in court as a felony rather than a misdemeanor, a policy adopted by three New England states over the last decade—seems to balance these objectives. Policymakers interested in criminal justice reform should consider incorporating felony larceny threshold increases into the suite of policy changes implementing such reform.

Keywords: felony conviction, crime, larceny thresholds, labor supply, theft

Suggested Citation

Jackson, Osborne and Sullivan, Riley, The Impact of Felony Larceny Thresholds on Crime in New England (March, 2020). FRB Boston Research Data Report No. 87612, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3587631

Osborne Jackson (Contact Author)

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston ( email )

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Riley Sullivan

Federal Reserve Banks - Federal Reserve Bank of Boston ( email )

600 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA 02210
United States

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