J.J. Prescott's research interests include criminal law, sentencing law and reform, employment law, and empirical law and economics. Prescott earned his JD, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the Harvard Law Review. He clerked for Judge Merrick Garland on the D.C. Circuit, and then earned a PhD (economics) from MIT in 2006.
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 using a unique data set from New Orleans, a study of the socio-economic consequences of criminal record expungement using micro-level data from Michigan, and a paper that develops a theoretical model to explain the use of high-low agreements in civil litigation and then tests the model's predictions using detailed insurance data.