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Resource ID: #18680
Subject: Criminal Justice System
Source: Times (Munster, Ind.)
Date: July 22 - November 11



The Times investigative series takes a look inside the rampant use of plea bargaining by people in the Lake County Prosecutor's office in drug cases. Indiana law saws that "dealing in just 3 grams of pure or adulterated cocaine" and showing intent to deliver results in a Class A felony, punishable with a 20 year minimum term. But reporters found that in cases where the defendant had as much as 400 grams had been converted to a Class D felony, which could be made into a Class A misdemeanor that comes with an up to one year sentence.

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