Show simple item record Bayer, P Pozen, DE 2010-06-28T18:57:54Z 2005-10-01
dc.identifier.citation Journal of Law and Economics, 2005, 48 (2), pp. 549 - 589
dc.identifier.issn 0022-2186
dc.description.abstract This paper uses data on juvenile offenders released from correctional facilities in Florida to explore the effects of facility management type (private for-profit, private nonprofit, public state-operated, and public county-operated) on recidivism outcomes and costs. The data provide detailed information on individual characteristics, criminal and correctional histories, judge-assigned restrictiveness levels, and home zip codes -allowing us to control for the nonrandom assignment of individuals to facilities far better than any previous study. Relative to all other management types, for-profit management leads to a statistically significant increase in recidivism, but relative to nonprofit and state-operated facilities, for-profit facilities operate at a lower cost to the government per comparable individual released. Cost-benefit analysis implies that the short-run savings offered by for-profit over nonprofit management are negated in the long run due to increased recidivism rates, even if one measures the benefits of reducing criminal activity as only the avoided costs of additional confinement. © 2005 by The University of Chicago. All rights reserved.
dc.format.extent 549 - 589
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.relation.ispartof Journal of Law and Economics
dc.relation.isversionof 10.1086/497526
dc.title The effectiveness of juvenile correctional facilities: Public versus private management
dc.type Journal Article
dc.department Economics
pubs.issue 2
pubs.organisational-group /Duke
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/Sanford School of Public Policy
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/Sanford School of Public Policy/Duke Population Research Institute
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/Sanford School of Public Policy/Duke Population Research Institute/Duke Population Research Center
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/Trinity College of Arts & Sciences/Economics
pubs.publication-status Published
pubs.volume 48

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