‘Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Justice’ by Adam Benforado – Books – The Boston Globe
BEFORE YOU SERVE ON A JURY:
We have 5 percent of the world’s population but 25 percent of the world’s prisoners.
But America was not always the world’s leading incarceration nation.
In 1970, there were fewer than 200,000 Americans locked up. Since then, the imprisonment rate has grown more than 400 percent, dramatically outpacing population growth. This suggests that what “Unfair” calls “the key assumptions that our legal system makes about human nature, good and evil, honesty and dishonesty” per se are not responsible for the real problems behind America’s criminal justice system. After all, those same assumptions were in place 45 years ago, and in some cases the legal system has become friendlier to defendants since then, not less.
What caused the tremendous increase in the number of Americans behind bars were largely political decisions made by government officials for harsher criminal penalties, most of them enthusiastically supported by the public.
THE BOOK GOES ON TO POINT OUT UNCONSCIOUS BIASES AND FAULTY ASSUMPTIONS THAT RIDDLE THE PROCESS AND THE POLLUTION OF VOIR DIRE BY MONEY CORRUPTED THE TRIAL CONSULTING INDUSTRY IN SURPRISING WAYS:-(
Remember “The Invisible Gorilla”?