Featured Scholar – Professor Kit Johnson

Today’s featured scholar is Professor Kit Johnson from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in Norman, OK. Prof. Johnson’s paper, entitled A Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Federal Prosecution of Immigration Crimes, will be featured in volume 92:4 of the Denver University Law Review. The 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). It concludes 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).

SSRN: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2656568

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