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Do Private Prisons Affect Criminal Sentencing?

Christian Dippel, Michael Poyker

NBER Working Paper No. 25715
Issued in March 2019, Revised in April 2020

---- Acknowledgments ----

We are grateful to Anna Harvey, Daniel Nagin, Joseph Stiglitz, and conference and seminar participants at CELS, Columbia University, MPSA, the Urban Institute, UCLA, and SIOE, for valuable comments. We thank Sean Keegan and Afriti Rahim for excellent research assistance, and the Sentencing Commissions of Alabama Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington for share their sentencing data with us. Dippel is grateful for financial support from a Center for American Politics and Public Policy Research Fellowship for this project. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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