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US Convictions

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10 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 03 November 2012

Conrad Black, the former newspaper executive recently released from prison in the United States, has claimed that 99.5% of prosecution cases in America end up in convictions. On More or Less this week we ask whether it’s really this high and try to estimate how this compares to the number of convictions in other parts of the world.

Plus, a recent study says that one in eight Australians live in poverty. This indeed seems to be true, but a ‘loyal listener’ asks how this can be the case in such a developed nation. We look at how poverty is measured across the world.

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