2 comments on “Corrections cuts crime with the selective use of statistics

  1. I believe this too. Ive been informally told by a police officer that if there is no sure suspect and evidence is slight, then the officers may not wish to record an incident, even though a member of the public had reported it, for instance a burglary.

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  2. Most criminologists would agree that the measurement period for reoffending should be 5 years, not 12 months. There was a certain special focus unit in a certain North Island prison which was closed because the Dept claimed they couldn’t reliably measure its success rate with respect to reoffending. But now, lo and behold, the Dept can measure their own “success” rate as little as 3 months later.

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