Since laws are enacted to maintain public order, there is a need to evaluate on how effective it is. The question is: how should we measure or decide whether a law is effective or not? In such a case, we must resort to quantitative numbers in order to know whether or not a law is effective. This is because numbers are strong and convincing evidence that a certain law is effective or not. For example, when a particular criminal law was implemented for the benefit of the public and the crime rate deceased dramatically, then we can say that a law is effective.
In addition, crime rates are good indicators that a particular political subdivision or unit is peaceful and having a low criminality profile. It is said that crime rate is the ratio of crimes in a political unit or subdivision to the population of that area; expressed per 1000 population every year (“Crime Rate”). Crime rates are also the basis of actions by police officers that protects the peace and order of the society since it is determinative on what part of the locality that deserves additional focus in terms of manpower.
Besides, the numbers of inmates in prison cells indicates that there are fewer crimes in the community but could also mean that further rehabilitation and punishment of prisoners should be focused on (Levitt, 2008, p. 1). With the data on hand, it would b easy for the legislators to plan on what laws that should be passed based on how effective it is to deter crimes. Also, in order to know whether or not a law is effective, crime rates are used as basis in comparing one territory to another in terms of existence of crimes. With that, a political unit can get a hint on what laws to enact to maintain public order based on facts.
Therefore, quantitative numbers are the best way to determine whether or not a law is effective due to its multiple uses in governing a specific political unit or subdivision of the country.
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