Trading Away Justice

Number 28506
Subject Criminal Justice System
Source PBSNewshour
Year 2018
Publication Date May 30, 2018
Summary Guilty pleas have become the go-to solution for the nation’s overburdened courts. They account for nine of every 10 convictions in the United States. But our near-total reliance on plea bargaining has created a parallel justice system -- one without the constitutional safeguards of trials, that operates largely in secret and with little oversight. Through case studies and data analysis, “Trading Away Justice” documents how even innocent defendants are being pressured into pleading guilty.
Category Philip Meyer Contest entry
Keywords guilty pleas, false confessions, criminal justice system, wrongful convictions, plea bargaining, plea deals, jury trial
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