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Archive for January, 2012

Last time, we showed how to correct the erroneous calculations by the Task Force on Race and the Criminal Justice System in its 2011 “Preliminary Report on Race and Washington’s Criminal Justice System.” In our sample calculation, for robbery, we found that from 2004–2008, after combining single- and multiple-offender victimizations, there were at least 2.0 […]

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In its 2011 report (“Preliminary Report on Race and Washington’s Criminal Justice System”), the Task Force on Race and the Criminal Justice System (henceforth “the commission”) looked at criminal victimization data from the 2005 National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). Previously, we noted that the report’s methodology appears to be seriously flawed. Specifically, the commission’s simplistic […]

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Happy New Year! Let’s hope 2012 is better than 2011 — or, failing that, so much worse than 2011 that it brings the whole damn system crumbling down, so we can start over. As Thomas Jefferson once said: “I hold it, that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary […]

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