White, Ariel: Political Impacts of Parental Incarceration

(PDF) Interactions with the criminal justice system have large and demonstrated effects on the political behavior of those targeted for arrest, criminal charges, and criminal sentencing.  This project attempts to quantify the further effects of criminal sentencing on the political behavior of family members.  By linking administrative databases on criminal sentencing and voter registration and turnout from Harris County, Texas, I relate the criminal court experiences of parents with young children to the eventual political behavior of those children when they reach adulthood.  I will use the random judge assignment process of the court system as a source of exogenous variation in conviction rates and sentence severity.