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The Elementary Epistemic Arithmetic of Criminal Justice

Larry Laudan

University of Texas School of Law

June 29, 2008

It has long been recognized that the yardsticks for assessing the reliability and the fairness of the criminal justice system must be quantitative in nature. This essay explores some of the key ratios pertinent to any system of criminal justice. It shows why the ratios commonly invoked divert attention away from the relationships that should be our primary concern.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 15

Keywords: Blackstone ratio, false convictions, social contract

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Date posted: July 1, 2008  

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Laudan, Larry, The Elementary Epistemic Arithmetic of Criminal Justice (June 29, 2008). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1152882 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1152882

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University of Texas School of Law ( email )
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Austin, TX 78705
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