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Plea Bargaining Appropriateness

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Despite thousands of arrests and criminal charges being filed annually, very few result in trials. Most cases get settled out of court, sometimes because people plead guilty or because prosecutors drop charges. Plea bargaining is another reason for cases not going to trial. Defendants may agree to plead guilty to lesser charges in exchange for reduced sentences. While plea bargaining frees up time for the courts, both liberal and conservative critics have complained about this process because it is either too harsh or not harsh enough.

In what circumstances do you believe plea bargaining is most appropriate? When do you oppose this practice? Be as specific as possible in answering these questions and be sure to explain why you think the way you do.

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Plea bargaining works best when there is information that the prosecutors need in order to either find something or be able to convict others they know have done wrong but don't have enough evidence. Thus, a plea bargain ...

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A discussion on plea bargains and whether it creates a just or unjust justice system for those who are affected.

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