Essential reading from Radley Balko at Huffington Post:
Criminal Justice Myths 1
Criminal Justice Myths 2
Criminal Justice Myths 3
I would say that these items need to be read by every individual in the American criminal justice system, but I know they won't be. Further, I understand that many individuals in the criminal justice system will find ways to rationalize each and every one of these examples.
So, instead of that, these items need to be read by every American likely voter. And every American likely to spend any time on a jury, anywhere.
Though the traditional criminal justice system response to juries behaving such ways would likely lead to the end of the American trial-by-jury system, and authoritarian advocates would define such behavior as "turning criminals loose" as opposed to seeing the widespread lack of confidence in the system we have.
"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance," - Thomas Jefferson, and he was talking about more than just paying attention to possible terrorists and criminals in the area around you. It is time civil libertarians started going to Police Academy en masse instead of law school.