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Lawrence M. Wein: Two Operations Management Problems in Criminology

Abstract: We consider two operations management problems in criminology: using pretrial release and split sentencing to minimize crime subject to a constraint on jail overcrowding [1,2], and using technology (ballistic imaging and DNA matching, respectively) to maximize violent (gun [3] and sexual assault [4], respectively) crime solving subject to a capacity constraint. We use data from Los Angeles County [1], Stockton CA [3] and Detroit [4] to guide the development of new operations management models to address these problems.

[1] Usta M. and L. M. Wein. Assessing Risk-based Policies for Pretrial Release and Split Sentencing in Los Angeles County. PLOS ONE 10, e0144967, 2015.
[2] Usta M. and L. M. Wein. One Way to Reduce Jail Populations. New York Times, page A31, October 23, 2015.
[3] Wang C., M. Beggs-Cassin and L. M. Wein. Optimizing Ballistic Imaging Operations. Journal of Forensic Sciences 62, 1188-1196, 2017.
[4] Wang C. and L. M. Wein. Analyzing Approaches to the Backlog of Untested Sexual Assault Kits in the U.S. 2017.