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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Johnson on Prosecution of Immigration Crimes

Johnson kitKit Johnson (University of Oklahoma - College of Law) has posted A Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Federal Prosecution of Immigration Crimes (Denver University Law Review, Vol. 92, No. 4, 2014) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

Immigration crimes are the most prosecuted federal crimes in America. This Article examines the benefits of the federal prosecution of immigration crimes (training, deterrence, and signaling/expression) and balances those benefits against the costs of such prosecutions (court-house costs, alternative prosecution, and incarceration). I conclude that deportation immediately following a conviction for an immigration crime appears to capture the key benefit of this system (signaling/expression) while alleviating its greatest expense (incarceration).

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