The United States has always had something of a problem with crime, from the quality-of-life offenses common in major cities, to the opioid epidemic ravaging the heartland. But nowhere is the disparity between the US and other nations more pronounced Continue reading On Reasonable Gun Control
Yesterday’s Internet firestorm is the arrest of Ahmed Mohamed, a high school freshman in Irving, Texas. His crime? Making a clock that school authorities feared might be perceived as a bomb by what could only be described as a willfully Continue reading What About The Delinquents?
(Trigger warning: sexual assault, victim blaming, math, due process, trigger warnings.) A while ago I wrote about the problem of base rate neglect, and more recently thinking about how it applies to the “epidemic” of sexual assault in the US, Continue reading The Preponderance of No Evidence
Throughout the past week, my alma mater (UC Berkeley) has been embroiled in protests and riots over the refusal of grand juries in Missouri and New York to indict police officers accused of killing unarmed black men. The grand jury Continue reading The Practice of Protest
Suppose that a dog is assigned to a patrol officer, employed to detect drugs in the course of traffic stops. Being a particularly well-trained dog, it is 99% accurate: 99% of the time someone possesses drugs, it alerts its handler Continue reading Base Rate Neglect and Probable Cause
The National Security Agency (NSA) has come under increasing scrutiny in light of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s leaks revealing the extent of the national security state. According to Snowden, the NSA is capable of a staggering range of surveillance Continue reading Not Just the Metadata
Last week I sat in on an asylum hearing in the San Francisco immigration court. The experience was quite a bit different from my prior experience in criminal court (as a juror, I should emphasize). All in all, it paints Continue reading A Day in Immigration Court
The Journal News in New York decided last Saturday to publish the names and addresses of everyone in Westchester and Rockland counties with a handgun permit. Some 44,000 people were affected by the “exposé”, which even came with an interactive Continue reading Anonymity for Gun Owners