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Going Off Parole: How the Elimination of Discretionary Prison Release Affects the Social Cost of Crime

Ilyana Kuziemko

NBER Working Paper No. 13380
Issued in September 2007

---- Acknowledgements -----

I would like to thank David Cutler, Marvin Danielson, Edward Glaeser, Claudia Goldin, Caroline Hoxby, Larry Katz, Steve Levitt, Jeffrey Miron, Michael Norton and Shanna Rose for valuable comments on drafts, and seminar participants at Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Columbia, Wharton, Yale SOM, Chicago, Chicago GSB, Michigan, Vanderbilt Law, Harvard Law, the Tinbergen Institute, University of Zurich, and LSE for their suggestions. I am deeply grateful to Dr. Tim Carr at the Georgia Department of Corrections for his generosity and patience. This paper has greatly benefited from conversations with Paul Bellatti and others at the Oregon Department of Corrections as well as a meeting with the state's parole board and tours of their correctional facilities. The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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