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Prescott, J.J.

Professor of Law
Co-Director, Empirical Legal Studies Center
Co-Director, Program in Law and Economics

3170 South Hall
734.763.2326
E-mail jprescott@umich.edu
J.J. Prescott's research interests revolve around criminal law, sentencing law and reform, employment law, and the dynamics of civil litigation, particularly settlement. Much of his work is empirical in focus. Current projects include an examination of the ramifications of post-release sex offender laws, a study of the socio-economic consequences of criminal record expungement, an evaluation of the effects of prosecutorial discretion and decision-making on short- and long-term defendant outcomes, and an investigation into the nature and repercussions of "partial" settlements in civil litigation. In addition, Prof. Prescott is the principal investigator of the U-M Online Court Project, which uses technology to help people facing warrants, fines, and minor charges resolve their disputes with the government and courts online and without the need to hire an attorney. Prof. Prescott earned his JD, magna cum laude, in 2002 from Harvard Law School, where he was the treasurer (Vol. 115) and an editor of the Harvard Law Review. After clerking for the Hon. Merrick B. Garland on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, he went on to earn a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006.

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"Trial and Settlement: A Study of High-Low Agreements." K. E. Spier and A. H. Yoon, co-authors. J. L. & Econ. 57 (Forthcoming, 2014).​
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"Sex Offender Law and the Geography of Victimization." A. Y. Agan, co-author. J. Empirical Legal Stud. 11, no. 4 (2014): 786-828.
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"Do Sex Offender Registries Make Us Less Safe?" Regulation 35, no. 2 (2012): 48-55.
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"Do Sex Offender Registration and Notification Laws Affect Criminal Behavior?" Rockoff, J. E., co-author. J.L. and Econ., 54, no. 1 (2011): 161-206.
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"Child Pornography and Community Notification: How an Attempt to Reduce Crime Can Achieve the Opposite." Fed. Sent'g Rep. 24, no. 2 (2011): 93-101.
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"The Challenges of Calculating the Benefits of Providing Access to Legal Services." Fordham Urb. L. J. 37, no. 1 (2010): 303-46.
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Disaggregating Employment Protection: The Case of Disability Discrimination. C. Jolls, co-author. Harvard Public Law Working Paper, no. 106. Working Paper.
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