read Levitt's piece about this. Its very interesting. He found that releasing criminals increases crime rates, but that doing so might be less costly to society than keeping them in.http://freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/10/the-great-california-prison-experiment/
I like Levitt (and I wish he liked my book more). But I also find him a bit out of touch with regards to crime reduction. His quantitative economist approach often doesn't pass the sniff test. I don't care what the correlations say, police tactics matter. He disagrees. He's wrong. I don't think legalized abortion is a major cause of the crime drop (though he's backed off on this point somewhat). Team him up with a guy who does good ethnographic work, and Levitt is better. But on his own, he's a bit a loose cannon. But I do like his point that like it or not, we've got a good experiment on our hands. Let's learn from it.
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