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Papers December 19, 2018

The economics of bail and pretrial detention

Two thirds of the jail population consist of defendants who have not been convicted. This paper characterizes key trends in pretrial detention and the bail sys…
Posts February 16, 2018

It is impossible to make sound policy without high-quality data

The President’s 2019 budget contains a variety of proposals that would reshape policy and reallocate spending across various agencies and policy programs. As t…
Posts March 1, 2017

Defending the data

Federal statistical agencies provide indispensable data that strengthens governance, research, and innovation. In this blog, The Hamilton Project explores one …
Policy Proposals October 21, 2016

Graduated reintegration: Smoothing the transition from prison to community

High recidivism rates—some 50 percent of released prisoners return within three years—constitute a major factor driving both high crime rates and high incarcer…
Posts October 20, 2016

The economics of private prisons

Recently, private prisons have become the focus of considerable attention. This economic analysis explores the growth of the private prison industry and provid…
Economic Facts October 20, 2016

Twelve facts about incarceration and prisoner reentry

In this set of economic facts, The Hamilton Project explores the characteristics of the populations of the currently incarcerated and individuals reentering th…
Posts August 18, 2016

Recent developments in federal prison policy

Today, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it will reduce, and eventually end, the use of federal private prisons. In a new Hamilton Project blog po…
Posts December 22, 2014

The economic challenges of crime & incarceration in the United States

High rates of crime and incarceration impose tremendous costs on society, with lasting negative effects on individuals, families, and communities. Although cri…
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