The graph above is... the work of Shai Danziger from Ben Gurion University of the Negev, and summarises the results of 1,112 parole board hearings in Israeli prisons, over a ten month period. The vertical axis is the proportion of cases where the judges granted parole. The horizontal axis shows the order in which the cases were heard during the day. And the dotted lines, they represent the points where the judges went away for a morning snack and their lunch break.
While it is hardly surprising that the parole boards are more disposed to rule in favor of the prisoner after returning from a break, the extent of the difference is shocking. The last cases of the day and those just before a break is due stand almost no chance of a favorable ruling.
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