The Sieve Effect
As cases move through the system from arrest
through adjudication and, in many instances,
toward the imposition of punishment, there is
Of any one hundred felony arrests, perhaps as
few as twenty-five will result in convictions.
This “sieve effect” occurs for a number of
reasons, including insufficient evidence,
legitimate defenses, police misconduct,
procedural errors, and the transfer of young
offenders to juvenile courts.