CPI Survey Highlights
Numerous media accounts have highlighted problems with the criminal justice system. To better understand the concerns, the Center for Prosecutor Integrity commissioned a national telephone survey to assess the public’s knowledge and opinions regarding prosecutor ethics.
Calls were placed to 9,876 landline telephones during the period June 3-5, 2013. An average of 993 persons responded to each question.
The survey reveals a substantial majority of persons has doubts about the fairness of the American criminal justice system:
- Two-thirds — 66.8% — think the presumption of innocence is becoming lost in our nation’s legal system
- Three-quarters — 74.8% — worry our legal system often does not respect “equal treatment under the law”
- Over two-fifths — 42.8% — of the respondents say prosecutor misconduct is widespread
- Over seven in 10 — 71.8% — believe new laws are needed to curb prosecutor misconduct