Wednesday, August 11, 2010
The New York Times has this op-ed by Amy Bach, author of "Ordinary Injustice: How American Holds Court." In part:
America needs a “justice index” to show how the essential aspects of our local courts are working. The index, compiled according to national standards, would function roughly like college rankings, evaluating county courts on factors like cost, recidivism, crime reduction and collateral consequences, including whether people lose their jobs or homes after contact with the criminal justice system.
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Rankings for hospitals and public schools create healthy competition. To get the justice we deserve, we would do well to bring a similar approach to bear on our criminal courts.
At last--a sensible strategy for informing criminals where to commit crimes!