In the U.S., the majority of criminal cases are resolved via a plea bargain — a practice that has been in place for decades. Plea bargains aren’t globally ubiquitous, however; Japan only introduced the method in June 2018 for matters involving bribery and/or organized crime, and the nation’s first case to be resolved via plea bargain made headlines in mid-July.… [Read more]
You can never truly tell how well a system works if you don’t have the statistics to back it up. Unfortunately, one of the most important systems in the United States is severely lacking in usable data: the criminal justice system. We may know the “what” of crimes, but very little is known on the more important “why.”… [Read more]
No country has more faith in the power of an adorable mascot than Japan. Their talisman-like powers have been employed in almost every walk of life: museums, theme parks, tourist attractions, festivals, and even whole cities. What is it about these mascots that make it appropriate for them to be as superfluous in a society as dedicated to serious work as Japan?… [Read more]
We have to ask, why the sudden push for criminal justice reform? Is there a new concern for those being incarcerated? Please forgive the cynicism but I think not. Maybe it’s because prison business is no longer profitable.
Imagine that a group entrepreneurs got together to come up with the next “big” business idea. Imagine the conversation goes as follows:
Entrepreneur # 1: “We need to build something that’s going to last and has a constant supply of free resources. … [Read more]