Breakfast, lunch and leniency

A study released earlier this year by the National Academy of Sciences suggests a link between full judicial bellies and lenient treatment of prisoners seeking parole.

“Extraneous factors in judicial decisions” analyzed more than 1,100 decisions by an Israeli parole board and concluded that prisoners had a much better chance — 65% — of being granted parole first thing in the morning and right after lunch.

Woe unto those whose cases were heard just before the lunch break and just before quitting time: favorable parole decisions dropped to near zero.

The New York Times digested the study last week. Thanks to the SBM Blog for putting the article on today’s menu.

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