Endogenous Rules, Risk and Legal Institutions Workshop

The first Endogenous Rules, Risk & Legal Institutions Workshop will be hosted on February 21-22, 2020 at Claremont Graduate University, Claremont

Although societies, groups and organizations often deliberate over and develop sets of laws and rules, the application of these rules often differ from what is codified. This is particularly true for legal institutions where legal precedent, norms and extra-legal pressures can result in legal actors developing informal sets of rules or procedures. Such endogenous rules and legal institutions are used in carrying out everyday tasks in the criminal justice system. The evolution of these rules or heuristics can have a considerable impact on legal outcomes, but can be difficult to discern without deep knowledge of the incentives faced by the relevant decision-makers. Examples of such rules include:

  • The relationship between bail decisions and prior criminal behavior
  • Pre-screening for individuals admitted into diversionary programs
  • The pressures on and promises of elected positions to change existing practices
  • Plea bargaining through the lens of the Courtroom Workgroup
  • The role of collaborative courts in reducing recidivism
  • The response of local-level criminal justice actors to imposed higher-level policies

The goal of this workshop is to showcase recent contributions that enhance our understanding of endogenous rules within legal institutions. The workshop is interdisciplinary and open to any methodological approach. You can register for the event by simply emailing computationaljusticelab@gmail.com.



Gregory DeAngelo (Computational Justice Lab, Claremont Graduate University), Glenn Harrison (Center for Economic Analysis of Risk, Georgia State University), Daniel Nagin (Carnegie Mellon University), Lucas A. Rentschler (Center for Growth and Opportunity, Utah State University)