1 out of 6 juries in criminal cases decide cases incorrectly according to a new study in The Journal of Empirical Legal Studies. The study is online here, but it costs $29 and I haven't spent the money yet.
1 in 6. Hhmmmm. That would seem to suggest that maybe, just maybe, political responses to crime such as:
increasing the number and types of crimes
increasing jail sentences
mandatory minimum jail sentences
reducing probation/parole options
increasing public defender caseloads
limiting defense access to discovery
sex offender registries
reducing ground for bail
the drug war in general
(to name a few) are potentially misguided. Just a thought.