Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/216347
Authors: 
Meier, Armando N.
Levav, Jonathan
Meier, Stephan
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers No. 13035
Publisher: 
Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), Bonn
Abstract: 
Does early release decrease or increase the probability that ex-convicts will return to prison? We exploit unique data from Israeli courts, where appearance before the judge throughout the day has an arbitrary component. We first show that judges more often deny parole requests of prisoners appearing further from the judges' last break. We then use this variation in instrumental variable estimations and find that early releases reduce the propensity of prisoners to return to prison. Robustness checks suggest that later and earlier cases are largely comparable and that potential selection is unlikely to explain the results.
Subjects: 
parole
recidivism
early release
sentence length
judges
JEL: 
D9
K14
K40
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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