Public Ethics (2021)

Lewis Ross
London School of Economics
What should we do about low conviction rates for sexual offences? Much of the discussion focuses on the problem of prosecution: i.e. too few accusations of sexual assault make their way to court. Here, I want to consider the problem from a different angle—namely, what should we do if prosecution rates rise, but conviction rates do not? After all, prosecutions are not an end in themselves. The problem is that too few people who are guilty of sexual assault are being punished. So, what steps, if any, should be taken if conviction rates fail to rise along with prosecution rates?
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