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Michael Stoll didn’t set out to become an expert on prison sentencing.
When he entered academia more than two decades ago, Stoll focused on the challenges that low-skilled workers face in the labor market. But about 10 years ago, his research focus shifted. “In some of the seminars I would give across the country, I was always getting this question: ‘Why do so many men have prison records?’ That was the elephant in the room.”