For the past six months, we have been developing a documentary project focusing on real people and their experiences battling criminal networks within local courts, law enforcement, and Child Protective Services. Families who we have been interviewed thus-far for ‘Kids Inc.’ have all reported multiple instances of perjury, fabrication of evidence, deception, withholding of evidence, and downright illegality surrounding the handling of their cases by CPS, the Judicial System, and Law Enforcement.
It is claimed in the documentary that the X-ray radiation used on the children was thousands of times beyond the maximum recommended dose and it is suggested that the program was funded by the United States in order to test the effects of large radiation doses on humans.
In fact, the treatment in Israel was the same that was used elsewhere in the world. The documeted dosages given to the Israeli children were similar to (if not less than) that administered to children treated for ringworm at New York University Hospital between 1940 and 1959.
A study from the early 1950s found X-ray treatment effective in almost all cases of ringworm. The documentary alleges that 100,000 children were irradiated, and that 6,000 of them died shortly after receiving treatment. Many of the ‘ringworm children’ later developed cancer, and in 1994 the Knesset passed a law mandating the Israeli government to provide them with compensation.
Technological innovations in dispute resolution processes are said to benefit access to justice, reduce error and improve consistency in legal decision-making. However, does (partly) automated dispute resolution lead to the same results as procedures conducted by human actors? Prof Van Zelst assesses this question from three angles: computer science, psychology and experiences with automation in US administrative law.