Category: statistics

  • PDs and Private Lawyers: The Missing Data

    The data for this study are from Cook County (Chicago), Illinois, and are a random sample of 2850 offenders convicted of felonies in Cook County Circuit Court. Hartley, R.D., et. al., Do you get what you pay for? Type of counsel and its effect on criminal court outcomes, Journal of Criminal Justice (2010). I asked […]

  • PDs and Private Lawyers: What the Numbers Mean

    Here are some conclusions that can be drawn from Hartley’s data: In Cook County, Illinois, in 1993, convicted defendants were: 1.81 times as likely to have been released on their own recognizance if they were charged with a class 1 felony as if they were charged with a class X felony. 2.10 times as likely […]

  • PDs and Private Lawyers: More Likely Than or As Likely As

    Various readers generously sent me copies of the Hartley article I mentioned here (Hartley, R.D., et. al., Do you get what you pay for? Type of counsel and its effect on criminal court outcomes, Journal of Criminal Justice (2010)), and I’m puzzling my way through it, giving myself a crash course in statistics on the […]

  • Dirty DWI Secrets

    In response to the discussion of DWI (sorry, Windy, in Texas if you’re a grownup it’s DWI; DUI is the crime someone under 21 commits when he drives with any alcohol in his system) that started here, Chicago’s Windy Pundit gives us the numerical rundown on the real danger of DWI: Drunk driving isn’t as […]