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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

"Justice by the Numbers"

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!

KC

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KC - "At last--a sensible strategy for informing criminals where to commit crimes!"

That's it? You got that from the Op-Ed? We suggest that you read the entire article two times before you conclude such non-sense. While your at it, take time to read her book.
TT

Posted by: The Team | Aug 12, 2010 10:42:52 AM

"At last--a sensible strategy for informing criminals where to commit crimes!"

Really? Really?.

As Americans, we tend to pride ourselves on the quality of our justice system. Of course, to ensure that our justice system lives up to its founding principles (equal treatment under the law, individual rights, presumption of innocence, due process, etc.), a little introspection might be A Good Thing. Just a thought, though.

Posted by: JDU | Aug 13, 2010 12:28:05 PM

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