Study shows incarcerating youth increases crime

Anna Aizer, associate professor of Economics, offers research on how putting juvenile offenders in jail is making America's crime problem worse.  A study she conducted with Joseph Doyle, Jr. of MIT shows that youth that went to prison were 39 percent less likely to finish high school than other kids who from the same neighborhood. Even young offenders who weren’t imprisoned were better off; they were thirteen percent more likely to finish high school than their incarcerated peers.