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DPE Tuesday Talk Series: Gregory DeAngelo, “Policing For Profit: The Political Economy of Law Enforcement ”

The Division of Politics and Economics invites the CGU community to attend this week’s Tuesday Lunch Talk featuring Gregory DeAngelo, Claremont Graduate University. Lunch will be provided.

DeangeloGregory DeAngelo is an associate professor in the Department of Economic Sciences. He works closely with public sector agencies to address pressing questions of criminal justice policy, identifying the causal effects of actions by both legal and extra‐legal actors on public safety. His research ranges from the identification of the effect of judicial and prosecutorial incentives on the outcomes of criminal cases to the impact of law enforcement strategies on human trafficking. At the core of his work is a desire to advance criminal justice reform by identifying the causal impacts of policies, incentives, and actions by legal and extra‐legal actors on public safety, and then generating technologies with the potential to counteract any negative externalities of these actions.

Talk title: Policing For Profit: The Political Economy of Law Enforcement

Talk Description:
In recent years numerous observers have raised concerns about “policing for profit,” or the deployment of law enforcement resources to raise funds for cash-strapped jurisdictions. However, identifying the causal effect of fiscal incentives on law enforcement behavior has remained elusive. In this talk, I will explore two policy changes that provide the opportunity for researchers to identify the impact of profit motives on policing behavior. Moreover, I will explore the potential downstream effects of such policies on the well-being of citizens.

More information about the DPE Tuesday Talk Series can be found here.