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J.J. Prescott

Research Affiliate, Population Studies Center.

Professor, University of Michigan Law School.

Ph.D., M.I.T

Dr. Prescott's research interests include criminal law, sentencing law and reform, employment law, and torts. Current projects include an examination of the effects of sex offender registration and notification laws on the frequency and incidence of sex crimes, an empirical evaluation of the effects of prosecutor race and sex on charging and sentencing outcomes, and a study of the socioeconomic consequences of criminal record expungement.

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

Prescott, J.J., and Kathryn E. Spier. Forthcoming. "A Comprehensive Theory of Civil Settlement." NYU Law Review. Abstract.

Prescott, J.J., and Charlie Gerstein. 2015. "Process Costs and Police Discretion." Harvard Law Review, 128: 268-288. Abstract.

Agan, A., and J.J. Prescott. 2014. "Sex Offender Law and the Geography of Victimization." Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, 11(4): 786-828. DOI. Abstract.

Prescott, J.J., K. Spier, and A. Yoon. 2014. "Trial and Settlement: A Study of High-Low Agreements." Journal of Law & Economics, 57(3): 699-746. DOI. Abstract.

Prescott, J.J. 2012. "Do Sex Offender Registries Make Us Less Safe?" Regulation, 35(2): 48-55.

Prescott, J.J., and J.E. Rockoff. 2011. "Do Sex Offender Registration and Notification Laws Affect Criminal Behavior." Journal of Law & Economics, 54(1). DOI. Abstract.

Prescott, J.J. 2011. "Child Pornography and Community Notification: How an Attempt to Reduce Crime Can Achieve the Opposite." Federal Sentencing Reporter, 24(2): 93-101. Abstract.

Prescott, J.J. 2010. "The Challenges of Calculating the Benefits of Providing Access to Legal Services." Fordham Urban Law Journal, 37(1): 303-346.

Prescott, J.J. 2010. "The Challenges of Calculating the Benefits of Providing Access to Legal Services." Fordham Urban Law Journal, 37: 303-346.


Prescott, J.J. Forthcoming. "Criminal Sanction and Deterrence." In Encyclopedia of Law and Economics edited by Jürgen Backhaus. New York: Springer. DOI. Abstract.

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