Date of Original Version

7-7-2014

Type

Working Paper

Abstract or Description

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 which is based on the released inmate’s rate of recidivism and is robust to the inframarginality problem. Our model has several testable implications which we show empirical support for. Applying our test to data on all prison releases in Pennsylvania between 1999-2003 we find no evidence of racial prejudice.

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