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Prison and Crime Control: evidence of diminishing returns to scale On Tuesday, March 1st, 2016, UMD’s Center for Ethics and Public Policy sponsored a public lecture by Steven Raphael (Professor, UC Berkeley) where he discussed the problematic connections between prison and our attempts to control crime. Steven Raphael is Professor of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. His research focuses on the economics of low-wage labor markets, housing, and the economics of crime and corrections. His most recent research focuses on the social consequences of the large increases in U.S. incarceration rates. Raphael also works on immigration policy, research questions pertaining to various aspects of racial inequality, the economics of labor unions, social insurance policies, homelessness, and low-income housing. Raphael is the author (with Michael Stoll) of Why Are so Many Americans in Prison?(published by the Russell Sage Foundation Press) and The New Scarlet Letter? Negotiating the U.S. Labor Market with a Criminal Record (published by the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research). He is also editor in chief of Industrial Relations and a research fellow at the University of Michigan National Poverty Center, the University of Chicago Crime Lab, IZA, Bonn Germany, and the Pubic Policy Institute of California. Raphael holds a Ph.D. in economics from UC Berkeley. This lecture was funded by the Charles Koch Foundation For more information about this Event and The Center for Ethics and Public Policy, see

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