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Optimal Unconditional Parole

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Date 7 December 2009
Time 11:45 - 13:15

Abstract

A simple model is developed to examine the rationale for unconditional (statutory) release of prison inmates before the expiration of their full sentence. Even when types are fixed, so there is not prospect of rehabilitation, some period of statutory release may be optimal. A long period of statutory release does raise the crime rate, though a sufficiently short period may not. The longer are sentences, the longer is the optimal period of statutory release.

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Oudemanhuispoort

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