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What reforms could be enacted to cut down the amount of plea bargaining in today's courts?

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irenish | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted December 22, 2011 at 1:42 AM via web

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What reforms could be enacted to cut down the amount of plea bargaining in today's courts?

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 2, 2012 at 7:07 AM (Answer #1)

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The easiest way in which plea bargaining could be reduced is to increase the number of judges and courts, and thus alleviate the backlog of cases that jam court calendars months into the future.  This would remove a key disincentive to bringing a case to trial, that of prosecutorial and judicial tendencies to prioritize court time towards the most serious cases.  As getting rid of plea bargains would also lengthen sentences served by prisoners, it is more likely that funding for criminal justice systems and prisons would have to be increased and remain consistent in order to pay for the larger numbers of people in jail at any one time, and the additional courts and judges necessary to implement such a policy.

 

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