Hungry judges take bites out of parollees’ futures

Someone somewhere thought to do some quantitative research on how suffering a Mac Attack affects job performance.  The job?  Deciding people’s futures.  From Nature:

Judges’ days were divided into three sessions broken by two meal breaks — a morning snack and lunch. Judges decided when to break, but had no control over the ordering of cases, which was determined by when a prisoner’s attorney arrived.

At the beginning of a session, a prisoner had a 65% chance of being parolled, the authors found. This declined to almost zero by the end of a session, and leaped back to 65% after a break.


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