The Elementary Epistemic Arithmetic of Criminal Justice
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
Date posted: July 1, 2008