Jennifer Doleac
TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY. Associate Professor of Economics. I study crime and discrimination, with particular emphases on prisoner reentry and the effects of technology on public safety.

Do Police Body-Worn Cameras Reduce the Use of Force?

November 17, 2017

The Issue:

Public outrage following several high profile police shootings captured on cell phone videos led police departments across the nation to equip officers with body cameras. The policy aimed to improve transparency and accountability, in the hopes of reducing the use of force by police officers and thereby ...
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The Effects of ‘Ban the Box’ on the Employment of Black Men

June 9, 2017

The Issue:

Ban the Box is a popular policy that prevents employers from asking about someone’s criminal record until late in the job application process — giving applicants an opportunity to explain their qualifications first. The policy aims to increase employment for people with criminal records, in the hopes ...
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Are Immigrants More Likely to Commit Crimes?

February 14, 2017

The Issue:

One concern about immigration is whether immigrants are more prone to commit crimes than the native born population. This concern is not unique to the United States; it has affected policy in Europe, as a flood of immigrants has fled turmoil and war in the Middle East. But in the U.S. the issue took ...
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