Title

Does Prison Harden Inmates? A Discontinuity-based Approach

Document Type

Discussion Paper

Publication Date

1-1-2004

CFDP Number

1450

CFDP Pages

31

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.

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