Matthew Friedman is the Economics Fellow in the Brennan Center’s Justice Program. He brings a quantitatively rigorous approach to the study of issues related to mass incarceration. He has researched diverse topics related to the economics of crime, including the efficacy of intensive policing, the impact of various types of legal sanctions on recidivism, as well as the economic determinants of crime. His more recent work includes an analysis of racial disparities attendant to the New York Police Department’s use of Stop, Question & Frisk. Current work aims to quantify the economic toll of incarceration on vulnerable populations.
Before joining the Brennan Center, he taught economics at Chaminade University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He holds dual-degrees in economics and broadcast journalism from the University of Colorado Boulder and he completed his doctoral studies in economics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
- Crime in 2016: Updated Analysis, December 20, 2016
- Crime in 2016: A Preliminary Analysis, September 19, 2016
- Crime in 2015: A Preliminary Analysis, November 18, 2015
Articles & Commentary:
- The Truthiness About Crime in America, The Huffington Post, August 30, 2016
- Annual Economics Conference Highlights Mass Incarceration, March 8, 2017
- JustFacts: What Clearance Rates Say About Disparities in Crime and Prosecution, September 30, 2016
- Just Facts: The Probation Nation, March 29, 2016
- Just Facts: As Many Americans Have Criminal Records As College Diplomas, November 17, 2015
- Just Facts: The U.S. Prison Population Is Down (A Little), October 29, 2015
- Just Facts: America’s Non-Existent “Spike in Crime”, August 10, 2015
- Despite Grim Media Reports, Crime Rates Are Actually Down In The U.S., NPR, December 23, 2015
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