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Testing for Racial Prejudice in the Parole Board Release Process: Theory and Evidence

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  • Shamena Anwar

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    (Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University)

  • Hanming Fang

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    (Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania)

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We develop a model of a Parole Board contemplating whether to grant parole release to a prisoner who has finished serving their minimum sentence. The model implies a simple outcome test for racial prejudice robust to the inframarginality problem. Our test involves running simple regressions of whether a prisoner recidivates on the exposure time to the risk of recidivism and its square, using only the sample of prisoners who are granted parole release strictly between their minimum and maximum sentences and separately by race. If the co- efficient estimates on the exposure time term differ by race, then there is evidence of racial prejudice against the racial group with the smaller coefficient estimate. We implement our test for prejudice using data from Pennsylvania from January 1996 to December 31, 2001. Although we find racial differences in time served, we find no evidence for racial prejudice on the part of the Parole Board based on our outcome test.

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Paper provided by Penn Institute for Economic Research, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania in its series PIER Working Paper Archive with number 12-028.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: 13 Jul 2012
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Handle: RePEc:pen:papers:12-028

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Keywords: Racial Prejudice; Statistical Discrimination; Outcome Test; Parole; Recidivism;

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  1. Dan Bernhardt & Steeve Mongrain & Joanne Roberts, 2012. "Rehabilitated or Not: An Informational Theory of Parole Decisions," Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, Oxford University Press, Oxford University Press, vol. 28(2), pages 186-210.
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  4. Mechoulan, Stéphane & Sahuguet, Nicolas, 2011. "Assessing Racial Discrimination in Parole Release," CEPR Discussion Papers, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers 8506, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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  1. Dragan Ilić, 2013. "Marginally discriminated: the role of outcome tests in European jurisdiction," European Journal of Law and Economics, Springer, Springer, vol. 36(2), pages 271-294, October.
  2. Ilic, Dragan, 2013. "Prejudice in Swiss Naturalization Decisions: Theory and Evidence," Annual Conference 2013 (Duesseldorf): Competition Policy and Regulation in a Global Economic Order, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association 79953, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.

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