• Opinion

My NRO post about how the DOJ overrelied on a faulty but cautious Inspector General study that purported to find that private prisons are worse than public ones.

  • Opinion

The DOJ's announcement that it will end federal contracting with private prison companies is not supported by sound empirics, and it means that the federal government may miss out on substantial potential future improvements.

A defense of modern American incarceration and law enforcement policy, as to the Garner case and more broadly.

An interesting article about how the Maryland Correctional Officers Bill of Rights, passed under union pressure, makes it harder to prevent corruption scandals.

An NYU Law Review student note about Private Prisoner Rehabilitation tax credits, along similar lines to my Emory Law Journal article about Prison Accountability and Performance Measures.

A study of the InnerChange Freedom Initiative in Minnesota purports to show beneficial effects of the program on recidivism. But I believe that the results of this study are still tainted by self-selection bias.

My work on faith-based prisons hits the big time.

Yes, they could. Here's how to design performance measures to alleviate some of these problems.

And what disadvantages might performance measures have?

What are performance measures good for? To promote accountability, neutrality, and goal setting, and to facilitate performance-based contracting.

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