August, 2012

Fugitives, Outlaws, and the Lessons of Safe Surrender

  • Alexander Tabarrok

    Bartley J. Madden Chair in Economics, Mercatus Center at George Mason University
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I will draw on Flannery and Kretschmar's (2012) study to examine briefly whether the Fugitive Safe Surrender (FSS) program was successful. The FSS program, however, raises many issues beyond the program itself. Using Flannery and Kretschmar's study and the FSS as a jumping off point, I will discuss how fugitives become outlaws, how people "on the lam" adjust their behavior to avoid capture, and how these adjustments influence crime. Most importantly, I will examine how we can better reintegrate criminals with civil society.

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