The Benefits Of Plea Bargaining

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My research has led me to the conclusion that plea bargaining can be used, but with some needed reform; and without true and meaningful reform, the system we know will continue regardless of which course is taken. An item of concern I found is the disparity in use and outcome of plea bargaining.
It is assumed that the offender is “getting much less time that the original crime they committed calls for.” The Bureau of Justice Assistance looked at this issue of plea and charge bargaining and cited several studies1 that indicate that black offenders are less likely to receive a reduced charge than whites (BJA, 2011). Another study found that if the offenders were male and younger (no race indicated) they were less likely to receive a reduced

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