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Prescott, J.J.

Professor of Law
Codirector, Empirical Legal Studies Center
Codirector, Program in Law and Economics

3170 South Hall
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, Professor 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. Professor 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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"Online Case Resolution Systems: Enhancing Access, Fairness, Accuracy, and Efficiency." M. A. Bulinski, co-author. Mich. J. Race & L. 21, no. 2 (2016): 205-49.
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"Process Costs and Police Discretion." C. Gerstein, co-author. Harvard L. Rev. F. 128 (2015): 268-88.
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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, no. 3 (2014): 699-746.​
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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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"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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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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Participated in the Conference on Criminal Justice Reform at Concordia University School of Law, Boise, Idaho, June 2016.​

Presented "Noncompetes in the U.S. Labor Force" at the Law, Business, and Economics Workshop​ at the University of Texas at Austin, November 2015.

Participated in a panel discussion on prisoner reentry into the community during the Connecticut Law Review Symposium, "The Other One Percent: Prison Reform from Sentencing to Parole," University of Co​nnecticut School of Law, November 2015.

Co-presented "Noncompetes in the U.S. Labor Force" at the 10th annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies, Washington University School of Law, October 2015. ​

Participated in Michigan State Law Review's "Legal Quanta: Expanding the Mathematical, Statistical, and Computational Arsenal of the Law" symposium, Michigan State University College of Law, October 2015.

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