Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Reduction in jail suicides welcome, but not yet a 'trend'

The MSM should be careful labeling the 2016 reduction in Texas jail suicides a "trend," as this Dallas News editorial did. One year's data does not a "trend" make. I realize that, in 21st century internet culture, everyone wants answers now. But when it comes to criminal-justice data, there's still a lag before enough data exists over a long enough period to distinguish "trends" from noise.

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