The Elementary Epistemic Arithmetic of Criminal Justice
15 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2008
Date Written: 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.
Keywords: Blackstone ratio, false convictions, social contract
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