J. J. Prescott
Faculty Associate, PSC
Professor, Law School
Dr. Prescott's research interests include criminal law, sentencing law and reform, employment law, and torts. Current projects include an examination of the effects of sex offender registration and notification laws on the frequency and incidence of sex crimes, an empirical evaluation of the effects of prosecutor race and sex on charging and sentencing outcomes, and a study of the socioeconomic consequences of criminal record expungement.
- Removing Barriers to Recovery: Community Partnering for Innovative Solutions to the Opioid Crisis. (Meghan O'Neil, Debra Anne Pinals, Jeffrey D. Morenoff, David Cordova Jr, Charles C. Brown, J. J. Prescott, William Elliott) 2020-2023. NSF.
- RIDIR: Developing and Deploying the Criminal Justice Administrative Records System. (Michael G. Mueller-Smith, Jeffrey D. Morenoff, Margaret C. Levenstein, J. J. Prescott) 2019-2023. NSF.
- Fees and Fines in Community Corrections: A Multi-State Study. (J. J. Prescott, Meghan O'Neil, Sonja B. Starr) 2018-2018. Arnold Foundation.
- O'Neil, Meghan, and J. J. Prescott. 2019. "Targeting Poverty in the Courts: Improving the Measurement of Ability to Pay." Law and Contemporary Problems 82(1): 199-226.
- Spier, Kathryn E., and J. J. Prescott. 2019. "Contracting on litigation." The RAND Journal of Economics 50(2): 391-417.
- Prescott, J. J., and Benjamin Pyle. 2019. "Identifying the impact of labor market opportunities on criminal behavior." International Review of Law and Economics 59: 65-81.
- Prescott, J. J. 2018. "Assessing Access-to-Justice Outreach Strategies." Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics JITE 174(1): 34-63.
- McJunkin, Ben A., and J. J. Prescott. 2018. "Fourth Amendment Constraints on the Technological Monitoring of Convicted Sex Offenders." New Criminal Law Review: In International and Interdisciplinary Journal 21(3): 379-425.
- Prescott, J. J. 2017. "Improving Access to Justice in State Courts with Platform Technology Symposium: The Least Understood Branch: The Demands and Challenges of the State Judiciary." Vanderbilt Law Review 70: 1993-2050.
- Hou, Youyang, Cliff Lampe, Maximilian Bulinski, and J. J. Prescott. 2017. "Factors in Fairness and Emotion in Online Case Resolution Systems." Pp. 2511-2522 in Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, New York: ACM.
- Prescott, J. J., Norman D. Bishara, and Evan Starr. 2016. "Understanding Noncompetition Agreements: The 2014 Noncompete Survey Project." Michigan State Law Review 2016(2): 369-464.
- Prescott, J. J., and Kathryn E. Spier. 2016. "A Comprehensive Theory of Civil Settlement." New York University Law Review 91(1): 59-143.
- Prescott, J. J., and Charlie Gerstein. 2015. "Process Costs and Police Discretion." Harvard Law Review 128: 268-288.
- Prescott, J. J. 2015. "Criminal Sanction and Deterrence." Pp. 1-13 in Encyclopedia of Law and Economics, edited by Jürgen Backhaus. New York: Springer.
- Prescott, J. J., K. Spier, and A. Yoon. 2014. "Trial and Settlement: A Study of High-Low Agreements." Journal of Law and Economics 57(3): 699-746.
- Agan, A., and J. J. Prescott. 2014. "Sex Offender Law and the Geography of Victimization." Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 11(4): 786-828.
- Prescott, J. J. 2012. "Do Sex Offender Registries Make Us Less Safe?" Regulation 35(2): 48-55.
- Prescott, J. J. 2011. "Child Pornography and Community Notification: How an Attempt to Reduce Crime Can Achieve the Opposite." Federal Sentencing Reporter 24(2): 93-101.
- Prescott, J. J., and J. E. Rockoff. 2011. "Do Sex Offender Registration and Notification Laws Affect Criminal Behavior." Journal of Law and Economics 54(1).
- Prescott, J. J. 2010. "The Challenges of Calculating the Benefits of Providing Access to Legal Services." Fordham Urban Law Journal 37(1): 303-346.
- Prescott, J. J., and Sonja B. Starr. 2006. "Improving Criminal Jury Decision Making After the Blakely Revolution." University of Illinois Law Review 2006(2): 301-356.
- Prescott, J. J. 2002. "Tort as a Debt Market: Agency Costs, Strategic Debt, and Borrowing Against the Future, Note." Harvard Law Review 115(8): 2294.
- Prescott, J. J. 2001. "Buckhannon Board & Care Home, Inc. v. West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources, Supreme Court Case Comment." Harvard Law Review 115(1): 457.
- Prescott, J. J. 2000. "Ciraolo v. City of New York, Recent Case Comment." Harvard Law Review 114(2): 666.
- Prescott wins Distinguished University Innovator Award for foundation of Matterhorn online legal tool
- Prescott, Starr, and Pyle extend case for early prisoner release in Covid-19 pandemic
- Formerly incarcerated people are building their own businesses and giving others second chances
- 'I do think they're dangerous.' The legal pitfalls of sexual consent apps
- Prescott and Starr on the benefits of expunging criminal records
- Study by J.J. Prescott et al. on noncompetes in the US labor force is quoted in Washington Post
- Prescott says Michigan's restrictive sex offender law hurts social reentry
- Prescott says public criminal registries have downside
- Prescott says online case resolution can increase efficiency, flexibility of court system while preserving equity
- Prescott finds reported sex offenses lower in neighborhoods with resident sex offenders
- Prescott says sex offender registries may increase recidivism by making offender re-assimilation impossible
- Prescott says online option for access to court system can help equalize justice
- Prescott and colleagues find incidence of noncompetes in U.S. labor force varies by job, state, worker education
- Prescott says workplace bullying not illegal in itself