Reducing Error in the Criminal Justice System

48 Seton Hall Law Review 1265 (2018)

Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1443

54 Pages Posted: 9 May 2018 Last revised: 29 Aug 2018

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Keith A. Findley

University of Wisconsin Law School

Date Written: May 8, 2018

Abstract

Larry Laudan’s recent work, including his most recent book, previous articles, and now his article and presentation for this Symposium, give us cause to reflect on the fundamental goals of the criminal justice system, and on whether our institutions, and the research surrounding them, are raising the right questions and resolving them in the most accurate and effective ways. For Professor Laudan, the primary purpose of the criminal justice system is to minimize harm—whether harm committed by the state against innocent individuals (conviction of the innocent—the problem of false positives), or harm caused by individuals engaging in crime (which is exacerbated by what he calls false acquittals, or the false negative problem).

Keywords: criminal justice system, incarceration, reasonable doubt standard, error

JEL Classification: K14

Suggested Citation

Findley, Keith A., Reducing Error in the Criminal Justice System (May 8, 2018). 48 Seton Hall Law Review 1265 (2018); Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1443. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3175448 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3175448

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