Incarceration and its Prevention: A Comparative Cost-Benefit Analysis

Steve Aos, Washington State Inst. for Public Policy

ABSTRACT
This paper discusses a cost-benefit model, with common inputs and assumptions, used to estimate the economics of two crime control strategies: imprisonment for different types of offenders, and various kinds of crime prevention and rehabilitation programs. The economics of these different strategies vary from one location to another; this paper presents esimates for Washington State.

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